Definitions for gangsterˈgæŋ stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gang•sterˈgæŋ stər(n.)

  1. a member of a gang of criminals; mobster.

Origin of gangster:

1895–1900, Amer.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gangster, mobster(noun)

    a criminal who is a member of gang

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gangster(noun)ˈgæŋ stər

    a member of a violent criminal organization


  1. gangster(Noun)

    A member of a criminal or street gang.

  2. gangster(Noun)

    A member of a professional criminal organization; a racketeer.

  3. Origin: Circa 1895, .


  1. Gangster

    A gangster is a criminal who is a member of a gang. Some gangs are considered to be part of organized crime. Gangsters are also called mobsters, a term derived from mob and the suffix -ster. Gangs provide a level of organization and resources that support much larger and more complex criminal transactions than an individual criminal could achieve. Gangsters have been active for many years in countries around the world. Some gangsters, perhaps most notably Al Capone, have become infamous. Gangsters are the subject of many movies, particularly from the period between 1930 and 1960. Nowadays, unorganized crime from non-Italian origins have taken to using the word "gangster" to refer to their fellow criminals, though often spelled as "gangsta" in reference to non-rhotic Black American pronunciation.

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a member of a gang of criminals.

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