• noun an unsophisticated youth or young man, who behaves in a rude, inconsiderate and often aggressive manner


  • noun a thug, lout, brutish youth. This is one of the only pieces of backslang to enter the popular lexicon; it was heard occasionally in working-class and underworld milieus from the 19th century until the early 1960s, when it became a vogue word and was extensively used in the newly-liberalised entertainment media. ‘Yobbishness’, ‘yobbery’ and even ‘yobbocracy’ are more recent derivations, often used to refer to brutal behaviour in a social and political context as well as in connection with juvenile delinquency and hooliganism.