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thug

play
noun \ˈthəg\

Simple Definition of thug

  • : a violent criminal

Full Definition of thug

  1. :  a brutal ruffian or assassin :  gangster, tough

thug·gery play \ˈthə-g(ə-)rē\ noun
thug·gish play \ˈthə-gish\ adjective

Examples of thug

  1. He was beaten and robbed by street thugs.

  2. <the Mob boss regularly sent his thugs after people who were slow to pay their debts>



Origin of thug

Hindi & Urdu ṭhag, literally, thief


First Known Use: 1810

Rhymes with thug


THUG Defined for Kids

thug

play
noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug

  1. :  a violent person or criminal





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