gangster

[ gang-ster ]
/ ˈgæŋ stər /

noun

a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.

Nearby words

  1. gangrene,
  2. gangrenous,
  3. gangrenous stomatitis,
  4. gangsta,
  5. gangsta rap,
  6. gangster chic,
  7. gangsterism,
  8. gangtok,
  9. gangue,
  10. gangway

Origin of gangster

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; gang1 + -ster

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British Dictionary definitions for gangster

gangster

/ (ˈɡæŋstə) /

noun

a member of an organized gang of criminals, esp one who resorts to violence
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Word Origin and History for gangster

gangster

n.

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

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