Simple Definition of thug
: a violent criminal
Examples of thug in a sentence
He was beaten and robbed by street thugs.
<the Mob boss regularly sent his thugs after people who were slow to pay their debts>
Origin and Etymology of thug
Hindi & Urdu ṭhag, literally, thief
First Known Use: 1810
THUG Defined for Kids
Definition of thug for Students
: a violent person or criminal
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