Definition of thuggish in US English:

thuggish

adjective

  • Characterized by violent behavior.

    ‘thuggish organized crime gangs’
    ‘they have been accused of thuggish tactics’
    • ‘He discusses the mutation of punk's angry energy into something more thuggish and mindless.’
    • ‘His thuggish friends show up, scaring away his attackers.’
    • ‘Zoot suits were seem as thuggish and anti-establishment back in the day.’
    • ‘He has risen to be the most trusted lieutenant to a thuggish gang boss.’
    • ‘The sport will always be marred by thuggish fighting.’

Pronunciation

thuggish

/ˈθəɡɪʃ//ˈTHəɡiSH/