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Definition of "hoodlum" []

  • A gangster; a thug. (noun)
  • A tough, often aggressive or violent youth. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hoodlum" in a sentence
  • "They have Edward looking like a hoodlum from the fifties or something."
  • "Just because a POS hoodlum is "hunting" doesn't make him or her an ethical sportsman that I want to stick together with."
  • "While Robin Hood has been romanticized in the movies and books, where do you think the word hoodlum came from?"