Origin of thug
Examples from the Web for thug
In his infamous deposition video, you can clearly see that the “thug life” façade is stripped away.Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Fake Rappers, and the Suge Knight Shooting|Marlow Stern|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe the thug even used to be you, until you went straight.
Women would refuse to go near any man with thuggish associations, for real—barely a thug could expect to get any action.
I also made a thug chase movie with a bunch of my friends in high school.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Kremlin loses a useful propaganda tool, but it also eliminates a thug with a lot of Russian blood on his hands.Who Killed One of the Most Notorious Right Sector Leaders in Ukraine?|Oleg Shynkarenko|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The thug grinned wolfishly at me and then winked at his leader.Larson's Luck|Gerald Vance
The Thug, like many native Indians of his class—a low one—swathes his feet in strips of linen stuff.The House of Strange Secrets|A. Eric Bayly
The thug is aware that loudness convinces sixty persons where reasoning convinces but one.Is Shakespeare Dead?|Mark Twain
Himself a member of the thug fraternity, he no doubt took swift vengeance on the informer for having betrayed its secrets.Tales of Destiny|Edmund Mitchell
The name 'Thug' signifies a 'Deceiver', and it will be generally admitted that this term was well earned.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official|William Sleeman
British Dictionary definitions for thug
Word Origin for thug
Word Origin and History for thug
1810, "member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims," from Marathi thag, thak "cheat, swindler," Hindi thag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthaga-s "cunning, fraudulent," possibly from sthagayati "(he) covers, conceals," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). Transferred sense of "ruffian, cutthroat" first recorded 1839. The more correct Indian name is phanseegur, and the activity was described in English as far back as c.1665. Rigorously prosecuted by the British from 1831, they were driven from existence, but the process extended over the rest of the 19c.