What does gang mean?

Definitions for ganggæŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gang.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gang, pack, ring, mob(noun)

    an association of criminals

    "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves"

  2. crowd, crew, gang, bunch(noun)

    an informal body of friends

    "he still hangs out with the same crowd"

  3. gang, crew, work party(noun)

    an organized group of workmen

  4. gang(verb)

    tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together

  5. gang, gang up(verb)

    act as an organized group

GCIDE

  1. Gang(n.)

    A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join; as, a teen gang; a youth gang; a street gang. Youth gangs often associate with particular areas in a city, and may turn violent when they feel their territory is encroached upon. In Los Angeles the Crips and the Bloods are large gangs antagonistic to each other.

  2. Gang(n.)

    A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization; as, the Parker gang.

  3. Origin: [Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. See Gang, v. i.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gang(verb)

    to go; to walk

  2. Gang(verb)

    a going; a course

  3. Gang(verb)

    a number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad; as, a gang of sailors; a chain gang; a gang of thieves

  4. Gang(verb)

    a combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set; as, a gang of saws, or of plows

  5. Gang(verb)

    a set; all required for an outfit; as, a new gang of stays

  6. Gang(verb)

    the mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue

  7. Origin: [Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. See Gang, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Gang

    A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. Gang members are typically "jumped in" or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. Although gangs exist internationally, there is a greater level of study and knowledgeable information of gangs specifically in the United States. A member of a gang is called a gangster.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gang

    gang, n. a number of persons or animals associated for a certain purpose, usually in a bad sense: a number of labourers working together during the same hours: the range of pasture allowed to cattle: a set of tools, &c., used together for any kind of work.—ns. Gang′er, Gangs′man, the foreman of a squad, as of plate-layers. [A.S. gang (Dan. gang, Ger. gang, a going), gangan, to go.]

  2. Gang

    gang, v.i. (Scot.) to go.—n.pl. Gang′-days, the three days preceding Ascension Day or Holy Thursday.—n. Gang′er, a walker: a fast-going horse. [A.S. gangan, to go.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gang' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4424

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gang' in Nouns Frequency: #1813

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gang in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gang in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jimmy Graves:

    We are not a gang. We do not do gang things. We are not affiliated with gangs.

  2. Robert Burns:

    The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy

  3. Superintendent Garry McCarthy:

    That gang just signed its own death warrant, we're going to go in and destroy that gang and, by the way, the rival gang, too.

  4. Winston Churchill:

    We will have no truce or parlay with you Hitler, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst -- and we will do our best.

  5. Amanda Rives:

    Being in a couple with a gang member may give the girl and her family some level of protection from one gang, but may leave them more vulnerable to rival gangs.

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