Definition of gangster in English:



  • A member of a gang of violent criminals.

    ‘gangsters threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate in the theft’
    as modifier ‘gangster movies’
    • ‘Violence hangs in the air all around, with drug dealers, gangsters and street gangs combining to form a ring of terror.’
    • ‘The boxer may have been killed by gangsters because he was cooperating with a police investigation into a murder.’
    • ‘It has been claimed he was murdered by everyone from the security services to Dutch gangsters.’
    • ‘Born in the city of Ulawood, his parents were killed by gangsters when he was only five years old.’
    • ‘As for his other wars: they had saved Sierra Leone from a gang of gangsters.’
    • ‘Great crimes can also be committed by gangsters and petty criminals - if they have the necessary power.’
    • ‘Before that he'd been an actor, often on radio, playing gangsters who got a violent comeuppance.’
    • ‘The new father was a former boss of a Chinese triad gang, and all his fellow gangsters were bound to show up.’
    • ‘Northern Ireland is full of filthy rich gangsters using terrorism to generate their empires.’
    • ‘She must be the only person in the UK unaware of the gun crime, perpetrated by Yardie gangsters in our major cities.’
    • ‘We think they are criminals in shell suits, they think we are gun-toting gangsters.’
    • ‘The documentary, Gangster, considers how deprived communities look to gangsters for protection.’
    • ‘In fact, many people believe gangsters and hoodlums are vicious and violent by nature.’
    • ‘They are wannabe gangsters in a wannabe gangster film that just doesn't work.’
    • ‘Suspected gangsters have been shackled by new laws designed to curb hoodlum behaviour.’
    • ‘I had read a lot about Mumbai gangsters, even seen movies made on them, but had never met one.’
    • ‘Bandits and gangsters do not on the whole give money to schools and hospitals.’
    • ‘After too many movies about New York gangsters, the suggestion that life in the city could be anything but corrupt is foolish.’
    • ‘Thus begins an intense race between the police and the gangsters to capture the shadowy man behind the murders.’
    • ‘The McLean gang member said the gangster had used Customs to clear the way for his own criminal activities.’
    hoodlum, racketeer, bandit, robber, ruffian, thug, tough, desperado, outlaw, villain, lawbreaker, criminal
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