Nearby words

  1. gandzha,
  2. gane,
  3. ganef,
  4. ganesh,
  5. ganesha,
  6. gang drill,
  7. gang hook,
  8. gang of four,
  9. gang plough,
  10. gang plow

Origin of gang

1
1300–50; Middle English; Old English gang, gong manner of going, way, passage; cognate with Old High German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg; cf. gang2

gang

2
[gang]

verb (used without object) Chiefly Scot. and North England.

to walk or go.

Origin of gang

2
before 900; Middle English gangen, Old English gangan, gongan; cognate with Old High German gangan, Old Norse ganga, Gothic gaggan; cf. gang1, noun derivative from same base

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British Dictionary definitions for gang

gang

1

noun

a group of people who associate together or act as an organized body, esp for criminal or illegal purposes
an organized group of workmen
a herd of buffaloes or elks or a pack of wild dogs
NZ a group of shearers who travel to different shearing sheds, shearing, classing, and baling wool
  1. a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
  2. (as modifier)a gang saw

verb

to form into, become part of, or act as a gang
(tr) electronics to mount (two or more components, such as variable capacitors) on the same shaft, permitting adjustment by a single control
See also gang up

Derived Formsganged, adjective

Word Origin for gang

Old English gang journey; related to Old Norse gangr, Old High German gang, Sanskrit jangha foot

verb

Scot to go

Word Origin for gang

Old English gangan to go 1

noun

a variant spelling of gangue
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Word Origin and History for gang
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Idioms and Phrases with gang

gang

In addition to the idiom beginning with gang

  • gang up

also see:

  • like gangbusters
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