hooligan

hooligan

[hoo-li-guhn]
noun
1.
a ruffian or hoodlum.
adjective
2.
of or like hooligans.

Origin:
1895–1900; perhaps after the Irish surname Hooligan, but corroborating evidence is lacking

hooliganism, noun
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hooligan (ˈhuːlɪɡən)
 
n
slang a rough lawless young person
 
[C19: perhaps variant of Houlihan, Irish surname]
 
'hooliganism
 
n

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hooligan
1890s, of unknown origin, first found in British newspaper police-court reports in the summer of 1898, almost certainly from the surname Houlihan, supposedly from a lively family of that name in London (who figured in music hall songs of the decade). Internationalized 20c. in communist rhetoric as Rus.
khuligan, opprobrium for "scofflaws, political dissenters, etc."
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