by 2000 as the verb to describe a situation of many players or NPCs attacking one; gamer slang, perhaps borrowed from hip-hop and drug-abuse slang (where it is attested by 1995 in the sense of "to rob, to rip off"); perhaps by 1990 in sports jargon. Of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately based on gang. Related: Ganked; ganking.

Nearby words

  1. gangtok,
  2. gangue,
  3. gangway,
  4. ganister,
  5. ganja,
  6. gannet,
  7. gannett,
  8. gannett, henry,
  9. ganof,
  10. ganoid

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