Definition of gank in US English:

gank

verb

[with object]US
informal
  • 1Take or steal (something)

    ‘if I have the money, I won't have to gank the books’
    ‘my friend got his backpack ganked out of his car’
    • ‘He would be fixin' for a tantrum if he found out she'd ganked the vest from his trunk.’
    • ‘They had a big discussion about what to do with all the money they ganked from a tiny hunk's duffel.’
    • ‘I thought I'd hunt around online to see if I could gank some of it.’
    • ‘No team wants a signature move ganked by another team.’
    • ‘I'm eating one of those peanut butter flavored granola bars which I ganked from the breakfast area.’
    • ‘I knew my parents would gank my skates if I got busted for skating.’
    • ‘The design is ganked from my winter piece, if it looks familiar.’
    • ‘I bet Anna's still all mad that her necklace got ganked.’
    • ‘He looks around and glowers to find who ganked his drink.’
    • ‘If he wasn't paying for this meal, I might have ganked the entire thing off his plate.’
    • ‘Many CDs were ganked outta my ride.’
    • ‘I ganked the idea off a friend of mine who said the theme for her daughter's birthday was "birthday party", which was hilarious to me.’
    • ‘I take that site as an inspiration, which doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to start ganking stuff from it so settle down.’
    • ‘It looks like the photos were ganked off this activist site.’
    • ‘I also ganked bites of the fresh pasta salad that came with my Mom's generous BLT every chance I got.’
    • ‘That probably means he didn't pay for it at all—since he was a shipping clerk, he probably just ganked it.’
    1. 1.1 Defraud or rob (someone)
      ‘they can take trade-ins of new releases and sell them for $55, essentially ganking the publishers’
      • ‘Kelly upbraids one of them for not listening to him. ''Don't gank me,'' Kelly says.’
      • ‘In their confession to police, the two youths said they would go ‘make a run’ or ‘gank' an elderly woman.’
      • ‘I'm going to gank Frankie for his jewelry and stuff.’
      • ‘Yeah, I'm gonna buy the old banger and get ganked on the price!’
      • ‘I still hope they're tied to some kind of big bad, even if it's one that ganks the reunited couple.’
  • 2(in a video game) use underhand means to defeat or kill (a less experienced opponent)

    ‘that troll just ganked me’
    • ‘The whole point of the game is people are looking to gank you, and so are the zombies.’
    • ‘Once you gank too much you can get arrested and put in jail.’
    • ‘While playing on PC, every player sees their own items and doesn't have to worry about anyone else ganking them; while playing co-op, you'll all swim in the same treasure pool.’
    • ‘The trio will totally gank any and every other vampire they come across.’
    • ‘The entire map is much smaller, affording teams the freedom to drift between lanes and rush to fight or gank enemies when necessary.’
    • ‘I'm a long time WoW player and I'll come keep pesky high levels from ganking you.’
    • ‘In 2015, I want to die less often and gank mid levels for early kills more often.’
    • ‘Those first 2 weeks of me figuring out how to gank people who are new to the game is going to be amazing.’
    • ‘I just hope that you don't have to expect to be ganked early and often.’
    • ‘You can gank someone half your level right outside of town and the guards do nothing.’
    • ‘Instead of ganking the huge fleet everyone else was attacking, I wiped out the home planet of the guy with the most victory points.’
    • ‘The lack of wards definitely results in a map that revolves around extreme and near-constant ganking and team fights.’
    • ‘You're going to want to bring more people because you want to kill it faster before someone else comes to gank you.’
    • ‘Being ganked by a dude that's been playing the game over and over for years and who knows every skill and every shortcut about the game is not fun for a first time player.’
    • ‘This character is well-suited to ganking, with skills that can immobilize and hit hard.’
    • ‘All people do is gang up and gank low levels.’
    • ‘Obviously, if I have a great build and all the right gear at a certain point I might way outclass players at my level, which can lead to ganking.’
    • ‘I am myself hopelessly addicted to WoW, but I'm not telling you what server I play on—I get ganked enough as it is.’
    • ‘I don't enjoy being ganked by seriously overpowered players.’
    • ‘I am going to have the toughest elf ever and if I ever see you in my zone, prepare to get ganked, n00b.’
    • ‘There are some people who get their kicks out of ganking.’

Origin

1980s: origin uncertain; perhaps imitative or perhaps a shortening of an altered pronunciation of gangster.

Pronunciation

gank

/ɡæŋk//ɡaNGk/