thug

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noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug

  1. :  a brutal ruffian or assassin :  gangster, tough

thuggery

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thuggish

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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

Origin and Etymology of thug

Hindi & Urdu ṭhag, literally, thief


First Known Use: 1810


THUG Defined for English Language Learners

thug

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noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug for English Language Learners

  • : a violent criminal


THUG Defined for Kids

thug

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noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug for Students

  1. :  a violent person or criminal



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