hoodlum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hoodlum an aggressive and violent young criminal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hoodlum A young rowdy; a rough, lawless fellow; colloquially, called also hood. "Just tell your hoodlum friends outside
      You ain't got time to take no ride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hoodlum A young hectoring street rowdy; one of a gang of ruffians; a lounging, good-for-nothing, quarrelsome fellow; a rough.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hoodlum hōōd′lum (U.S.) a rowdy, street bully.
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Usage

In literature:

The New York hoodlum is a larrikin with a difference.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Let's go in and see if we can find some of these hoodlums.
"The Day of the Boomer Dukes" by Frederik Pohl
Here, look at that, and read the stuff some darn hoodlum has doped out.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was just a Tenderloin hoodlum with some of the scum scraped off.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Fortunately, he knew Ah King, whom he had more than once protected from the annoyance of the hoodlums of the neighborhood.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
I hate to let those hoodlums drive me out.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
These hoodlums would not dare to attack me.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
The hoodlums south of Market street were all burned out and they swarmed up in the swell quarter.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
A gang of hoodlums surrounded him.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Under such a law a malicious young hoodlum may contrive to send a landlord to jail.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, July 1887" by Various
They represented the average city gang of idlers and hoodlums.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Or are you going to sit there like a lot of grinning hoodlums?
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
I tell you, I've got to break up this gang of hoodlums.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The parents of the young hoodlums who have been bound over to keep the peace have long needed this lesson.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
Bet will want her father to herself and he won't want a lot of hoodlums around!
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
The hoodlums, for such they were, were gaining on him.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
My gals is better off ef they don' meet no town hoodlums.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
They were easy to count, these hoodlums, segregated as they were.
""And That's How It Was, Officer"" by Ralph Sholto
In both places, he said, white hoodlums began rioting and killing negroes.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin
Perhaps I was a bit of a hoodlum as a boy, anyway.
"The Memoirs of an American Citizen" by Robert Herrick
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In news:

We were there no less than twenty minutes when I turned and saw the youngest hoodlum creeping between the bleacher seats, trying to move from the top of the bleachers to under the bleachers .
But, I have long worried that the youngest Scroggins Hoodlum was colorblind.
Defense attorneys for two of the three Chicago hoodlums who were arrested last April for allegedly plotting bank heists, are asking to withdraw because their clients are broke.
Hoodlums break in and make off with.
Tofik, a male giraffe who won sympathy in Poland after he lost his two female companions in the wake of an attack by hoodlums near their zoo enclosure, has died during surgery for digestive problems, zoo officials said Monday.
WARSAW, Poland—Tofik, a male giraffe who won sympathy in Poland after he lost his two female companions in the wake of an attack by hoodlums near their zoo enclosure, has died during surgery for digestive problems, zoo officials said Monday.
The fall cruise-in at Hoodlum Alley was held on Saturday featuring several models of cars.
Just tell those hoodlum friends outside… you ain't got time to take a ride.
Zimmerman assumed the hooded teenager to be a hoodlum.
Giraffe subjected to spring hoodlum attack dies at zoo.
Giraffe subjected to spring hoodlum attack dies.
T ofik, a male giraffe who won sympathy in Poland after he lost his two female companions in the wake of an attack by hoodlums near their zoo enclosure, has died during surgery for digestive problems, zoo officials said Monday.
Comedies, Spirits and Hoodlums Dot Theatre Calendars By Barry Shuck.
You'd think they'd have thought of all the ways to be hoodlums that are possible, but you'd be wrong.
Without a high school diploma, young adults can drift into the ranks of lowest-paid workers, aid-supported parents or street corner hoodlums.
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