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Etymology 1 n. 1 (context Australia slang dated English) A pimp. 2 (context Australia slang English) A lout. 3 (context Australia New Zealand English) One who drives excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly; a street drag racer often driving heavily customized cars. vb. (context Australia New Zealand English) To drive excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly. Etymology 2

n. (context dated English) A unit of weight, used to measure opium in British-controlled Chin


Hoon is a term used in Australia and New Zealand, to refer to anyone who engages in loutish, anti-social behaviours. In particular, it is used to refer to one who drives a car or boat in a manner which is anti-social by the standards of contemporary society, i.e. too fast, too noisily or too dangerously. In New Zealand, the term " boy racer" is also widely used. Another slang term, revhead—derived from "rev", short for revolutions per minute—is sometimes used in place of hoon. "Anti-hoon laws", while they generally concern road vehicles, sometimes also target anti-social behaviour in motor boats.

Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tyres. Those commonly identified as being involved in "hooning" or street racing are young and predominantly male, although increasingly female, drivers in the age range of 17 and 35 years.

Hoon control laws are beginning to be extended to dangerous and annoying hoon behaviour using boats and other vessels, particularly jet skis. The State of Victoria, Australia passed legislation in late 2009 to control hoon activities using recreational vessels.

Hoon (disambiguation)

Hoon is an Australian and New Zealand derogatory term for people who engage in anti-social behaviours.

Hoon may also refer to:

  • Hoon, Iran, village in Hormozgan Province, Iran
  • Hun (instrument), traditional Korean wind instrument
  • Hoon (fiction) (ab-Guthatsa-ul-Rousit), fictional extraterrestrial race from David Brin's Uplift Universe
  • Hoon (Korean name), Korean masculine given name

People with the family name Hoon:

  • Geoff Hoon (born 1953), British politician
  • Pierra Hoon (born 1909), first Thai woman physician
  • Shannon Hoon (1967-1995), lead singer of the band Blind Melon
Hoon (fiction)

The Hoon are a fictional extraterrestrial race from David Brin's Uplift Universe.

Hoon (ab-Guthatsa-ul-Rousit) Uplifted by their patrons, the Guthatsa. Uplifting their client race, the Rousit.

Hoon (Korean name)

Hoon, also spelled Hun, is a single-syllable masculine Korean given name, as well as a morpheme in many other Korean given names. The meaning differs based on the hanja with which the name is written.

Usage examples of "hoon".

Had Hoon taken Norendel, as he intended, and destroyed the breeding grounds that would have changed.

Aejys suspected that Baaltrystan still held great power in his hidden citadels, and she wondered how much she had really accomplished by her hunger for vengeance in pursuing Hoon and Mephistis.

Aejys destroyed Margren, but Hoon and Mephistis slipped her nets and escaped.

As the warmth spread through him and the pain retreated he felt both grateful to have the bottle and resentful of his dependence on Hoon and Timon.

When Hoon and Mephistis come looking for me again, I will smash them against the rocks of Sophren Bay.

Her only qualms were that Hoon and Mephistis had clearly eluded her nets and gotten out of the valley.

When he and Talons rescued you from Hoon, he was already wounded and in bad shape.

Mephistis and Hoon realized they could start throwing spell storms at her like Margren had that time in Vallimrah and he would not have the strength to stop them?

Command of the mirror magic was rare, but both Hoon and the woman possessed it.

It would have to be a greater death for Mephistis, since Hoon had no intention of yielding Rowan to him once he caught her.

Mephistis and Hoon walked the corridor leading to the shrine of the Hellgod beneath the cellars.

Lord Hoon lay concealed in a sweep of deep forest with the trees and brush growing almost to the walls in a veiling tangle.

The best Mephistis could discover was that she appeared to be some kind of pet, which Lord Hoon, who was far more widely traveled than Mephistis had ever dreamed possible, had found on a island, one of kind.

Being careful not to touch them, Hoon slipped on his gloves and he gathered the cords and nets into bags.

When it finally ended Hoon used a corner of his cloak to pick up the box again.