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  1. a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer in an organized crime syndicate.

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Origin of gangster

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

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British Dictionary definitions for gangster


/ (ˈɡæŋstə) /

  1. a member of an organized gang of criminals, esp one who resorts to violence

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