larrikin
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1868 chiefly Australian hoodlum, rowdylarrikin adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Larrikin — Lar ri*kin, n. [Cf. E. dial. larrikin a mischievous or frolicsome youth, larrick lively, careless, larack to frolic, to romp.] A rowdy street loafer; a rowdyish or noisy ill bred fellow; a hoodlum; variously applied, as to a street blackguard, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larrikin — [lar′i kin] n. [ult. < ? LARK2] [Slang, Chiefly Austral.] a hoodlum or rowdy, esp. a young one …   English World dictionary

  • larrikin — UK [ˈlærɪkɪn] / US [ˈlerɪkɪn] noun [countable] Word forms larrikin : singular larrikin plural larrikins Australian a person who does not respect the law or usual social rules, and behaves badly and noisily in public …   English dictionary

  • larrikin —    This is a particularly Australian term, referring to a street rowdy, a young hooligan. The word is thought to derive from Larry, pet form of Laurence, at one time a common Irish first name. The term was in use in Australia by the 1870s. Its… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • larrikin — noun Someone with an amused, irreverent, mocking attitude to authority and the norms of propriety. How dare you talk to me like that, you young larrikin? Be off! or Ill send for a policeman. (Quoted in A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms… …   Wiktionary

  • larrikin — larrikinism, n. /lar i kin/, Australian Slang. n. 1. a street rowdy; hoodlum. adj. 2. disorderly; rowdy. [1865 70; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Larrikin — 1. bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster; 2. boisterous, irresponsible and mischievous boy or young man; 3. good natured but independent or wild spirited person, usually having little regard for authority, accepted values,… …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • larrikin — I Australian Slang 1. bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster; 2. boisterous, irresponsible and mischievous boy or young man; 3. good natured but independent or wild spirited person, usually having little regard for authority,… …   English dialects glossary

  • larrikin —  Australian term for an uncultured or ill behaved person …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • larrikin — n Australian a ruffian, ne er do well. The word has been in use in Australia since the mid 19th century and may be a native coin age or an imported British dialect term based on lark . It is not usually strongly pejorative, having the sense of… …   Contemporary slang

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