What does hoodlum mean?

Definitions for hoodlum
ˈhud ləm, ˈhʊd-hood·lum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer(noun)

    an aggressive and violent young criminal


  1. hoodlum(Noun)

    a gangster; a hired thug

  2. hoodlum(Noun)

    a rough or violent youth

  3. Origin: Since 1871. Origin unknown, but many explanations have been put forward. Online Etymology Dictionary indicates that a guess as good as any is from German dialect (Bavarian) Huddellump.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hoodlum(noun)

    a young rowdy; a rough, lawless fellow


  1. Hoodlum

    Hoodlum is a 1997 crime drama film that gives a fictionalized account of the gang war between the Italian/Jewish mafia alliance and the black gangsters of Harlem that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The film concentrated on Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, Dutch Schultz, and Lucky Luciano.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hoodlum

    hōōd′lum, n. (U.S.) a rowdy, street bully.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Hoodlum

    A street rough, originally a product of San Francisco, but now common in New York and most cities of the American Union. The origin of the term was thus accounted for by The Congregationalist, 26th September 1877: “A newspaper man in San Francisco, in attempting to coin a word to designate a gang of young street Arabs under the beck of one named ‘Muldoon,’ hit upon the idea of dubbing them Noodlums--that is, simply reversing the leader’s name. In writing the word the strokes of the N did not correspond in height, and the compositor, taking the N for an H, printed it Hoodlum. ‘Hoodlum’ it is, and probably ever will be.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoodlum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoodlum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hoodlum in a Sentence

  1. David Fantle:

    He called gangster films hoodlum films, he said to us he never watched his hoodlum films. The only movies he would ever stick around to watch if they were on TV would be the handful of musicals he made, which he loved.

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