thug

[ thuhg ]
/ θʌg /

noun

a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
(sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

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Origin of thug

First recorded in 1800–10, thug is from the Hindi word thag literally, rogue, cheat

OTHER WORDS FROM thug

thug·ger·y [thuhg-uh-ree] /ˈθʌg ə ri/, nounthug·gish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thug

thug
/ (θʌɡ) /

noun

a tough and violent man, esp a criminal
(sometimes capital) (formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims

Derived forms of thug

thuggery, nounthuggish, adjective

Word Origin for thug

C19: from Hindi thag thief, from Sanskrit sthaga scoundrel, from sthagati to conceal
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