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gangster

[gang-ster]
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noun
  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

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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

gangster

noun
  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

n.

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

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