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gunsel

[ guhn-suhl ]
/ ˈgʌn səl /
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noun Slang.

a criminal armed with a gun.
a catamite.

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Origin of gunsel

First recorded in 1910–15; probably from Yiddish genzel “gosling,” from Middle High German gensel (diminutive of gans “goose”); sense of def. 1, by influence of gun1
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British Dictionary definitions for gunsel

gunsel
/ (ˈɡʌnsəl) /

noun US slang

a catamite
a stupid or inexperienced person, esp a youth
a criminal who carries a gun
C20: probably from Yiddish genzel; compare German ganslein gosling, from gans goose 1
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