noun, often attributive
gang·​sta | \ ˈgaŋ(k)-stə How to pronounce gangsta (audio) \

Definition of gangsta

1 : a member of an inner-city street gang
2 : a performer of gangsta rap

Examples of gangsta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! Katie Campione,, 22 Jan. 2022 In shades of Biggie and Tupac, Dilemma is accused of assassinating rival gangsta rapper Dre Bids. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 6 Jan. 2022 The East Coast old guard bristled at dance and found the idea of Southern gangsta rap, and Southern women gangsta rappers, laughable. Zandria Robinson, Glamour, 2 Nov. 2021 His boy Ralph was with him, TJ Swann, Cool Vee, and a white boy named Sean who called himself the Human Pitbull and was a little gangsta. Drew Fortune, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 Most gangsta rappers aren’t exactly forthcoming in that regard, but even among his peers Staples relishes playing it close to the vest. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 Like the time, in Season 1, when Will bets that his cousin wouldn’t last long in Compton, and Carlton winds up dressed like a gangsta. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 Larkin has previously, obliviously, stereotyped the African American Kendra as lower class and her son as a gangsta. Christopher Arnott,, 25 Oct. 2019 In keeping with the world of macho gangsta lyricism, his songs bristle with violent and criminal imagery and profane passion. al, 30 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of gangsta

1988, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gangsta

respelling of gangster reflecting loss of final r

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“Gangsta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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