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A hoodlum or other criminal, especially one who carries a gun.
[Alteration (influenced by gun) of earlier gonsil, guntzel, naïve youth, hobo's younger male lover, punk, from Yiddish gendzl, gosling, diminutive of gandz, goose, from Middle High German gans, from Old High German; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. a catamite
2. a stupid or inexperienced person, esp a youth
3. a criminal who carries a gun
[C20: probably from Yiddish genzel; compare German ganslein gosling, from gans goose1]
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1. a criminal armed with a gun.
2. a catamite.
[1910–15; probably < Yiddish genzel gosling < Middle High German gensel (diminutive of gans goose); sense of definition 1, by influence of gun1]
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