gangbanger

noun
gang·​bang·​er | \ˈgaŋ-ˌbaŋ-ər \

Definition of gangbanger 

: a member of a street gang

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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

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The gangbanger label will follow a person for life. Jacqueline Serrato, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago gang database under review by oversight agency," 13 Apr. 2018 His mother has told him to avoid the side streets where the gangbangers hang out. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "He was a Walter Payton senior with college dreams. Two years after being paralyzed by gunfire, Jonathan Annicks pushes forward.," 5 May 2018 When his father died suddenly, Hernandez was distraught and started hanging with gangbangers and druggies. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "James Patterson brings thriller approach to 'All-American' killer Aaron Hernandez's story," 22 Jan. 2018 There are crooked cops, and feds, and gangbangers, and an orc mafia. Jordan Hoffman, HWD, "Bright Review: Will Smith Can’t Save Netflix’s Big-Budget Misfire," 20 Dec. 2017 Here’s another gun-packing gangbanger who lives la vida loca and then reaps its bloody rewards. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: A Timely Take on ‘Oedipus’ by Way of South Central Los Angeles," 25 Oct. 2017 For the past few weeks, Gillespie’s campaign has run ads tying Northam, a pediatrician and Army doctor, to MS-13 gangbangers and to a child pornographer. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "‘We’re all sick of it’: Virginia’s election descends into another hatefest," 2 Nov. 2017 Urban legend has it that Ice-T was a gangbanger in his youth, most notoriously with the Crips. Ericka Blount Danois, The Root, "Ice-T on Why He’s Hip-Hop’s Unsung O.G.," 13 Aug. 2017 These gangbangers come out of Chicago with their parents to Zion and get all kinds of freebies and overwork the Police Department. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Talk of the County," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of gangbanger

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gangbanger

gangbang + -er entry 2

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