Examples of gangster in a Sentence
Al Capone remains one of the most notorious gangsters in American history.
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There's a whole essay to be written about the cultural appropriation of gangster rap symbols into this oh-so-twee British property, but this is neither the time nor place.
Stompanato, bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen and the Cohen crime family, was in an abusive relationship with actress Lana Turner when her daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed him to death in 1958.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org One Man, Two Guvnors ☆☆☆☆ What: An award-winning British comedy about an unemployed musician who finds work as a valet to two gangsters, and struggles to keep each boss a secret from the other.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, arguably his best film to date, delivers.
That night The Counselor called with some news: There was a perfect plot for me in Beth Olam, their all-Jewish section, next to the gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Where’s the gangster Kanye who stormed the stage to silence Taylor Swift with praise for Beyoncé?
The album promises to be a culmination of his powerful blend of his state’s various styles -- equal parts gangster, confessional and melodic -- and make YoungBoy the new torchbearer for a gritty tradition that includes Lil Wayne, Webbie and Boosie.
The gangsters see people with American connections as rich and ripe for robbing.
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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.
Synonymsbully, gangbanger, gangsta, hoodlum, goon, gorilla, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
Related Wordscutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]
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