mob·​ster | \ ˈmäb-stər How to pronounce mobster (audio) \

Definition of mobster

: a member of a criminal gang

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Examples of mobster in a Sentence

the mobster threatened to break his legs if he didn't pay up
Recent Examples on the Web But someone else is striking against the criminals, too, starting with the assassination of mobster Johnny Vitti on Halloween. Christian Holub,, "Watch Jensen Ackles and Naya Rivera banter in new trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween animated movie," 8 Apr. 2021 The site of Schofield’s, the North State Street flower shop where mobster Dean O’Banion was slain across from Holy Name Cathedral, is now under construction as One Chicago — one of the biggest developments ever proposed in the city. Kori Rumore,, "Who thought ‘The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults’ was a good idea? How the rumor of an underground ‘tomb’ became a highly-rated, live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera 35 years ago," 20 Apr. 2021 Another former mobster, Robert Gentile, has long maintained his innocence despite a bevy of evidence pointing to his involvement in the crime. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "What to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist," 10 Apr. 2021 In 2015, the organization revealed the names of its primary suspects: George Reissfelder and Leonard DiMuzio, two associates of the late mobster Carmello Merlino. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "What to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist," 10 Apr. 2021 As a crime lord who calls himself the Beggar King, Nick Frost is more or less playing a Gotham mobster, and Denis O'Hare's mad scientist is a Hugo Strange by any other name. Darren Franich,, "The Nevers sends Victorian superwomen into a messy alternate-history epic: Review," 8 Apr. 2021 The show is set in a version of modern-day London where a consortium of gangs, uneasily brought together by the Irish mobster Finn Wallace (played by Colm Meaney), is responsible for virtually all crime. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gangs of London Is Your Next Great Crime Watch," 7 Apr. 2021 Business partners sting a white mobster trying to take over their nightclub in 1930s Harlem. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 After Hit Girl is busted and forced to retire, Kick-Ass joins a team of amateur superheroes led by a reformed mobster and tangles with the evil villain formerly known as Red Mist. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mobster

1917, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Mobster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mobster

: someone who is part of a secret organized group of criminals : a member of the Mob

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