thug

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noun \ˈthəg\

Definition of thug

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

thuggery

play \ˈthə-g(ə-)rē\ noun

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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