gang·​bust·​er | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce gangbuster (audio) \

Definition of gangbuster

: one engaged in the aggressive breakup of organized criminal gangs
like gangbusters
: with great or excessive force or aggressiveness came on like gangbusters also : with great speed or success was selling like gangbusters

Examples of gangbuster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

That’s the fundamental story here, which is that this economy is growing gangbusters and the market remains in denial. Fortune, "'I’ve Never Been This Bullish' on the U.S. Economy, Bank of America Strategist Says," 28 June 2018 Over the abundance of an American Thanksgiving feast, students who have read the paper will also be able to respond to the random uncle who works in the non-profit sector and insists that socialism is working like gangbusters in Scandinavia. James Freeman, WSJ, "College Kids Not Endorsing Socialism, But They’re Open to It," 29 Oct. 2018 Yes, the Giants pitching staff has been gangbusters, but those three teams are extraordinarily dangerous at the plate. Henry Schulman,, "Giants face white-hot A’s at crucial decision-making time," 12 July 2018 That is not going to be a sign that the economy is doing gangbusters. Fox News, "Ari Fleischer: Trump wanted a trade war, he's getting one," 3 July 2018 Renewables continued their gangbusters growth, but as long as the majority of the world economy is powered by fossil fuels, a macro trend like economic growth is going to overwhelm the rise of clean energy on the margins. David Roberts, Vox, "The most depressing energy chart of the year," 16 June 2018 And like Amazon, this company has been growing like gangbusters! Eric Bleeker, USA TODAY, "This stock could be like buying Amazon in 1997," 14 May 2018 Uber says Freight has been going gangbusters, doubling its number of loads every quarter. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber keeps on truckin’ as Freight expands nationwide," 1 June 2018 Shows and movies like Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space, and The Cloverfield Paradox comprise Netflix’s most popular category—and its about to expand like gangbusters. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Anthology Is the Future of Netflix," 15 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gangbuster.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gangbuster

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gangbuster

gang entry 1 + bust entry 2 + -er entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gangbuster

Dictionary Entries near gangbuster






gang days


Statistics for gangbuster

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gangbuster

The first known use of gangbuster was in 1930

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on gangbuster

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gangbuster

Nglish: Translation of gangbuster for Spanish Speakers

Comments on gangbuster

What made you want to look up gangbuster? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!