noun Etymology: perhaps from German dialect (Swabia) hudelum disorderly Date: 1871 1. thug; especially one who commits acts of violence 2. a young ruffian • hoodlumish adjectivehoodlumism noun

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  • Hoodlum — may refer to:* Hoodlum (film), a 1997 film starring Laurence Fishburne *Hoodlum (1951 film), a heist film which has fallen into the [http://www.archive.org/details/The Hoodlum public domain] . [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043655/ More info] at… …   Wikipedia

  • hoodlum — popularized 1871, Amer.Eng., (identified throughout the 1870s as a California word ) young street rowdy, loafer, especially one involved in violence against Chinese immigrants, young criminal, gangster; it appears to have been in use locally from …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hoodlum — Hood lum, n. A young rowdy; a rough, lawless fellow; colloquially, called also {hood}. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] Just tell your hoodlum friends outside You ain t got time to take no ride. Yakety Yak (Song) [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoodlum — I noun agitator, bandit, blackguard, brigand, burglar, convict, criminal, embezzler, evildoer, felon, firebrand, gunman, holdup man, knave, larcener, larcenist, lawbreaker, malefactor, malevolent, malfeasant, malfeasor, miscreant, mobster,… …   Law dictionary

  • hoodlum — ► NOUN ▪ a hooligan or gangster. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • hoodlum — ☆ hoodlum [hood′ləm, ho͞od′ləm ] n. [prob. < Ger dial. (esp. Swiss) hudilump, wretch, miserable fellow < MHG hudel, rag, wretch + lump, rag, tatter, wretch] 1. a wild, lawless person, often a member of a gang of criminals 2. a tough looking …   English World dictionary

  • Hoodlum — Les Seigneurs de Harlem Données clés Titre original Hoodlum Réalisation Bill Duke Scénario Chris Brancato Acteurs principaux Laurence Fishburne Tim Roth Vanessa Williams Andy Garcia …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hoodlum — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Harlem, N.Y.C. – Der Preis der Macht Originaltitel: Hoodlum Produktionsland: Vereinigte Staaten Erscheinungsjahr: 1997 Länge: 125 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hoodlum —    , HOOD    A hoodlum is a young street ruffian, especially one belonging to a gang. He and hoodlums are only he is a thug, a gangster, completely reprehensible. The word is a varied eponymous form of the real name of the leader of a gang of… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • hoodlum — UK [ˈhuːdləm] / US [ˈhudləm] noun [countable] Word forms hoodlum : singular hoodlum plural hoodlums 1) a young person who shows no respect for the law 2) a criminal, especially a violent one …   English dictionary

  • hoodlum — [[t]hu͟ːdləm[/t]] hoodlums N COUNT A hoodlum is a violent criminal, especially one who is a member of a group. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

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