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thug

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noun \ˈthəg\

Simple Definition of thug

  • : a violent criminal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thug

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

thuggery play \ˈthə-g(ə-)rē\ noun
thuggish play \ˈthə-gish\ adjective

Examples of thug in a sentence

  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

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noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug for Students

  1. :  a violent person or criminal





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