thug

noun \ ˈthəg \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of thug

: a brutal ruffian or assassin : gangster, tough

thuggery

play \ˈthə-g(ə-)rē\ noun

thuggish

play \ˈthə-gish\ adjective

Examples of thug in a Sentence

  1. He was beaten and robbed by street thugs.

  2. the Mob boss regularly sent his thugs after people who were slow to pay their debts

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Origin and Etymology of thug

Hindi & Urdu ṭhag, literally, thief

THUG Defined for English Language Learners

thug

noun

Definition of thug for English Language Learners

  • : a violent criminal


THUG Defined for Kids

thug

noun \ ˈthəg \

Definition of thug for Students

: a violent person or criminal


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