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gangster (n.)

"member of a criminal gang," 1896, American English, from gang (n.) in its criminal sense + -ster. Related: Gangsterism (1918).

updated on February 13, 2015

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Definitions of gangster from WordNet

gangster (n.)
a criminal who is a member of gang;
Synonyms: mobster
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