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English citations of hoon

Etymology 1[edit]


  1. (Australia, slang, dated) A pimp. [from early 20th c.]
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A hooligan, a lout; specifically, a person who drives excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly; a street drag racer often driving heavily customized cars.
    • 2007, Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor, editors, The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 2nd edition, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN, page 408:
      hoon noun 1 a man who lives off the earnings of prostitutes; a pimp AUSTRALIA, 1949. 2 a loud ignorant lout, a hooligan. Origin unknown. AUSTRALIA, 1938. 3 a person who drives recklessly AUSTRALIA, 1985. 4 a trip in a motor vehicle taken for the pleasure of, especially fast, driving AUSTRALIA, 1996. / hoon verb to drive recklessly AUSTRALIA, 1992.
    • 2008, John Ayto and John Simpson, editors, The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 134:
      hoon noun Austral A lout, a rough; a crazy person; a ponce. 1938–. r. beilby That bastard ran ya down, the bloody hoon! (1977). [Origin unknown.]


  1. (Australia, New Zealand) To act loutishly; specifically, to drive excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly.

Etymology 2[edit]


  1. To make a hooting or howling sound.