mobster

noun

mob·​ster ˈmäb-stər How to pronounce mobster (audio)
: a member of a criminal gang

Examples of mobster in a Sentence

the mobster threatened to break his legs if he didn't pay up
Recent Examples on the Web Tulsa King follows a mobster (Stallone) who tries to build a new crime empire in Oklahoma after being released from prison. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2024 When The New York Post in 2016 asked him about Mr. Lansky’s tastes, Mr. Greenfield recalled that mobster’s orders exactly: 40-short, navy, single-breasted suits. Alex Traub, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 The mobsters operate in a loose but disciplined confederation overseen from New York by mafias rooted in southern China, according to state and federal officials. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2024 There has not been a major gambling scandal in NCAA men's basketball since an incident involving Boston College and notorious mobster Henry Hill in the late 1970s. Rob Wile, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 But the case filed by Jones went far beyond a simple assault claim, arguing that Diddy, Grainge and many others had also violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act – the federal RICO statute that’s more often used in criminal cases against mobsters and drug cartels. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2024 During Prohibition, many mobsters had businesses that were fronts. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 How the painting ended up in the Florida home in the first place is still a mystery — but the FBI agent believes mobsters passed it on like a hot potato. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Enter G-man Bugas, known for tracking down bank robbers, kidnappers and mobsters in several states. Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mobster was in 1917

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“Mobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mobster. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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mobster

noun
mob·​ster ˈmäb-stər How to pronounce mobster (audio)
: a member of a criminal gang

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