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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gangstanoun

    (Black English) a member of a youth gang


  1. gangstanoun

    A member of an urban criminal or street gang.

  2. gangstaadjective

    exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the high risk lifestyle of urban street-thugs or hustlers.

  3. Etymology: From gangster


  1. Gangsta

    Gangsta is a song performed by American contemporary R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe, issued as a stand-alone single in 1993 via MCA Records. The song peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


  1. gangsta

    Gangsta is a term often used in relation to a lifestyle, culture or music genre associated with urban, inner-city environments. It originally referred to a member of a street gang, particularly involved in organized crime, and was later popularized and glamorized through "gangsta" rap music which emerged during the late 1980s. The lyrics of this genre often portray tough, hardscrabble narratives of everyday life in crime-ridden neighborhoods. The term can further denote a tough, rebellious, or intimidating attitude, often used to denote such a persona or image. It's important to note, the correct spelling is "gangster", but "gangsta" is a street slang variant of the word.

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    Song lyrics by gangsta -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by gangsta on the Lyrics.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gangsta in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gangsta in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gangsta in a Sentence

  1. Kendrick Lamar:

    We played a lot of gangsta rap, but we also played a lot of oldies, and I think that mix is part of what inspires my sound, my pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.

  2. Rotik:

    'Every human being has a bit of gangsta him'

  3. 50 Cent:

    Right now he's desperate. He should be talking about me, not Eminem and Dre and everybody else. He'll lose, he knows that. The route that he has to take is the 'I'm a mad gangsta' hardcore route, and ain't nobody gonna believe him."--On his feud with bubblegum rapper Ja Rule.

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