verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of gang1
verb (used without object) Chiefly Scot. and North England.
Origin of gang2
Examples from the Web for gang
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Gang tattoos are still inked onto his face, like scarlet letters.
Brooklyn musician Bobby Shmurda, whose ‘Shmoney Dance’ went viral, was arrested today on ‘gang conspiracy’ charges, police said.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios|M.L. Nestel|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gang warlords, locked down in Super Maxes like Pelican Bay pass on instructions to thousands of followers.
The whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.
Dimber-damber, very pretty; a clever rogue who excels his fellows; chief of a gang.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Two good men could turn out three times the stuff all that gang does in about half the time.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
Who in thunder do you think that gang is youve been associating with?Local Color|Irvin S. Cobb
After delivering our supplies to the hut we went out to where a gang of soldiers who were off duty had gathered in the forest.The Fight for the Argonne|William Benjamin West
The holder of it proved to be a workman of the gang, and between us and him the strangest parley ensued.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
- a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
- (as modifier)a gang saw
Word Origin for gang
Word Origin for gang
from Old English gang "a going, journey, way, passage," and Old Norse gangr "a group of men, a set," both from Proto-Germanic *gangaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Danish, Dutch, Old High German, German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg "act of going"), from PIE root *ghengh- "to step" (cf. Sanskrit jangha "shank," Avestan zanga- "ankle," Lithuanian zengiu "I stride"). Thus not considered to be related to go.
The sense evolution is probably via meaning "a set of articles that usually are taken together in going" (mid-14c.), especially a set of tools used on the same job. By 1620s this had been extended in nautical speech to mean "a company of workmen," and by 1630s the word was being used, with disapproving overtones, for "any band of persons traveling together." Gangway preserves the original sense of the word, as does gangplank.
1856, from gang (n.). Related: Ganged; ganging. To gang up (on) is first attested 1919.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gang
- gang up
- like gangbusters