gangbanger

noun

gang·​bang·​er ˈgaŋ-ˌbaŋ-ər How to pronounce gangbanger (audio)
: a member of a street gang

Examples of gangbanger in a Sentence

the argument that the DEA needs to focus more on the kingpins of the drug trade and less on the gangbangers in the street
Recent Examples on the Web The group aspired to paint a fuller, more nuanced picture that went beyond the image of a gangbanger. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 Far from a gangbanger, Yarl was described later in a statement by North Kansas City School District Superintendent Dan Clemens as an excellent student and a talented musician who maintains a stellar GPA while taking mostly college-level courses — far from a criminal profile. Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2023 Puppet is probably the mark of the gangbanger who drew the X8. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2012 The trajectory from gangbanger in South San Gabriel to city poet laureate and bestselling author would have been dramatic enough. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 Despite making up 18% of the U.S. population, the usual stereotypes of the gangbanger, the day laborer, the janitor, the maid, and the exotic Latina continue to be seen on the big screen. AZCentral.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The gangbanger label will follow a person for life. Jacqueline Serrato, chicagotribune.com, 13 Apr. 2018 His mother has told him to avoid the side streets where the gangbangers hang out. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2018 When his father died suddenly, Hernandez was distraught and started hanging with gangbangers and druggies. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

gangbang + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gangbanger was in 1969

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“Gangbanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangbanger. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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