One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young man belonging to a street gang.
- ‘The apes battering an ape to death at the waterhole prefigures a scene when Alex and his droogs beat up a bum in an alley with clubs.’
- ‘But does the tale of the angelic-looking, inherently evil Alex and his droogs still have the same impact?’
- ‘They don't have the style that makes Alex and his droogs the protagonists we love; their music rarely features any contrast or variety, and as such, fails to be effective or worthy of partying to.’
1962: coined by Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange; alteration of Russian drug ‘friend’.
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