Examples of gangster in a Sentence
Al Capone remains one of the most notorious gangsters in American history.
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But criminal advocates like Mannie Witz, who has defended everyone from gangsters to soccer stars for four decades, said the state would have its work cut out.
Dorothy’s son and husband (whose ear Jeffrey has found) are being held hostage by a psychopathic gangster, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).
Barry, by contrast, is so rooted in its hero’s emotional torpor that when the first episode segues into a zany scene with two Chechen gangsters, it’s jarring.
He's railed against Latinx stereotypes his entire career, with his entire corpus of one-man shows arising from his frustration with always being cast as a drug dealer, a gangster, a hoodlum.
Big tech learned from the sins of the original gangster, Microsoft.
Mill’s talent is undeniable, but Dreams and Nightmares’ lyrics are gangster.
In February, the company bought the worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million gangster film The Irishman, announcing a 2019 release.
Learn how Milwaukee gangsters impacted the world around them.
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What is the history of the word gangster?
Gangster came into the English language at the latter portion of the 19th century, as one of what is now a large parcel of words which have been formed by adding the noun combining form –ster to an existing word. The ending -ster has a number of possible meanings (“one that does, handles, or operates,” “one that makes or uses,” “one that is associated with or participates in,” “one that is”), and one of its interesting elements is that it has, in many cases, shifted its gender. This second portion of gangster comes from the Old English -estre, meaning “female agent.” The word tapster ("a bartender"), for instance, was tæppestre in Old English, and designated a barmaid, or female tapster. In modern use the addition of -ster may often be found in a gender-neutral sense, as with hipster, or with implications of masculinity, as with gangster and mobster, through prevalence of usage.
GANGSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gangster for English Language Learners
: a member of a group of violent criminals
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