A hooligan is a rowdy person who causes trouble for others. Hooligans are similar to bullies and thugs.

This is a slightly old-fashioned word for a troublemaker, especially a violent troublemaker. People who start a fight during a sports event are acting like hooligans. In fact, this word is used often for people who start fights at soccer matches, but anyone acting rowdy or obnoxious could be considered a hooligan. Often, hooligans are gang members or criminals. If you see a group of hooligans, it’s probably a good idea to avoid them.

Definitions of hooligan

n a cruel and brutal fellow

bully, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo
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a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
muscle, muscleman
a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard
a young person who belongs to a British or American group that shave their heads and gather at rock concerts or engage in white supremacist demonstrations
plug-ugly, tough guy
someone who bullies weaker people
Ted, Teddy boy
a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
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aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

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