\ ˈgaŋk How to pronounce gank (audio) \
ganked; ganking; ganks

Definition of gank

transitive verb

US slang
: to rob or defraud (someone) … the wee hours when, we suppose, you're most susceptible to being ganked.— Barry Saunders also : to steal or take (something) You don't know me, but you broke into my apartment recently. … Also, you ganked my Xbox, which may as well have been my first-born child. — Geoff Johnston The instrumentals are soothing and familiar; the guitar sounds like an old Telecaster playing riffs ganked from the early 1980s. — MarieClaire Bousquette

First Known Use of gank

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gank

probably a phonesthemic coinage, with syllable final as in clank entry 1, crank entry 2, prank entry 1, skank entry 1, yank entry 1

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“Gank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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