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[gang-ster] /ˈgæŋ stər/
a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.
Origin of gangster
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; gang1 + -ster
mobster, hoodlum, crook, thug; hood, goon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Though it had the sound of an oath, it was perhaps as near a prayer as the gangster had ever uttered.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The gangster must have received the liquid fire in the face and eyes.

  • The man reminded him of a Chicago gangster he once had seen captured.

  • There was frank awe in the gangster's voice as he at last broke the silence.

    Zehru of Xollar Hal K. Wells
  • The young visitor readily concurred in the plan, he wanted to see the house that the gangster had built anyhow.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for gangster


a member of an organized gang of criminals, esp one who resorts to violence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gangster

1896, American English, from gang in its criminal sense + -ster.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gangster



: gangster movie/ the gangster menace


  1. A member of a criminal gang; an organized-crime figure; mobster, wiseguy (1908+)
  2. A marijuana cigarette: Just go on and smoke that gangster and be real cool (1950s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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