- a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.
Origin of gangster
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mobster, hoodlum, crook, thug; hood, goon.
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Examples from the Web for gangster
Are the guys from Vanity Fair and Time battling it out and trying to get gangster with each other?It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
What Nucky Johnson was not was a gangster, though he did go to prison for a short stint, like Al Capone, for tax evasion.'Boardwalk Empire' Left New Jersey and Lost Its Way
September 7, 2014
The trip was bankrolled by low-level Miami gangster Raul Pacheco, himself already on probation for attempted armed burglary.MLB’s Next Headache: Cartels, Gangsters, and Their Cuban Superstars
Peter C. Bjarkman
April 18, 2014
Like a gangster shooting in a Hays Code era motion picture, the inhale and the exhale are shown in separate shots.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
The people here claim they have been victimized by a hostile media and a gangster neo-Nazi government in Kiev.Pro-Russian Protestors in Ukraine Dream of Soviet Glory Days
April 8, 2014
The man reminded him of a Chicago gangster he once had seen captured.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He slipped into position on one side of the gangster, Ginsburg on the other.
"I thought so," he said, choosing to ignore the gangster and addressing Casane.
Most of you are of no higher motivation than are the two dictators and your gangster Clyden.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
The gangster must have received the liquid fire in the face and eyes.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- a member of an organized gang of criminals, esp one who resorts to violence
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Word Origin and History for gangster
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