Origin of thug
Examples from the Web for thugs
Survivors of the incident report that the police and thugs attacked the students three times.
Thugs attack pro-democracy demonstrators paralyzing parts of Hong Kong.
I want everything I ever believed to mean something and all the psychopaths, monsters and thugs of the world to know this.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!|Michael Carson|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the thugs are numerous enough to be part of the warp and woof of the community.
The thugs, remember, are numerous; they are one of the local norms, sad to say.
What did his faith mean to the thugs of the General Fuel Company?King Coal|Upton Sinclair
Another device in case of difficulty was for one of the Thugs to feign sickness.
Stand clear and order off your thugs or I'll squeeze you till your guts squirt out your nose like toothpaste from a tube.Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
Major L. was at luncheon: he is the man who has taken most of the Thugs, and he told me such horrid stories of them.Up the Country|Emily Eden
All three of the thugs would be at the southpaw again in another jiffy.Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager|Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for thugs
Word Origin for thug
Word Origin and History for thugs
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.