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  1. a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.
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Origin of gangster

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

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Related Words for gangster

soldier, crook, racketeer, hooligan, bandit, mobster, hoodlum, thug, criminal, robber, ruffian, tough, pusher, goon, desperado, dealer, hood, mafioso, bruiser

Examples from the Web for gangster

Contemporary Examples of gangster

Historical Examples of gangster

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

  • He slipped into position on one side of the gangster, Ginsburg on the other.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • "I thought so," he said, choosing to ignore the gangster and addressing Casane.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Most of you are of no higher motivation than are the two dictators and your gangster Clyden.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The gangster must have received the liquid fire in the face and eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for gangster


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


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

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