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thug

 (thŭg)
n.
1. A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.
2. also Thug One of a group of professional criminals, devotees of Kali, who robbed and murdered travelers in northern India until the mid-1800s.

[Hindi ṭhag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthagaḥ, a cheat, from sthagati, sthagayati, he conceals; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]

thug′ger·y n.
thug′gish adj.

thug

(θʌɡ)
n
1. a tough and violent man, esp a criminal
2. (Historical Terms) (sometimes capital) (formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims
[C19: from Hindi thag thief, from Sanskrit sthaga scoundrel, from sthagati to conceal]
ˈthuggery n
ˈthuggish adj

thug

(θʌg)

n.
1. a vicious criminal or ruffian.
2. (sometimes cap.) a member of a fraternity of professional robbers and murderers in India, suppressed by the British in the 19th century.
[1800–10; < Hindi thag literally, rogue, cheat]
thug′ger•y, n.
thug′gish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thug - an aggressive and violent young criminalthug - an aggressive and violent young criminal
bully - a hired thug
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

thug

noun ruffian, hooligan, tough, heavy (slang), killer, murderer, robber, gangster, assassin, bandit, mugger (informal), cut-throat, bully boy, bruiser (informal), boot boy, tsotsi (S. African) the cowardly thugs who mug old people

thug

noun
A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire:
Informal: hooligan.
Slang: goon, gorilla, hood.
Translations
سَفَّاحسَفّاح، سَفّاك
banditachuligán
bølle
kovanaamaroisto
siledžija
banditaorgyilkos
óòokki
凶悪犯
흉악한 악당
bandīts
nasilnež
ligist
อันธพาล
du côn

thug

[θʌg] Nmatón/ona m/f (fig) (as term of abuse) → bruto m, bestia f

thug

[ˈθʌg] nvoyou m

thug

nSchlägertyp m

thug

[θʌg] nteppista m/f, delinquente m/f

thug

(θag) noun
a violent, brutal person. Where are the young thugs who robbed the old man?

thug

سَفَّاح chuligán bølle Schlägertyp κακοποιός matón kovanaama voyou siledžija delinquente 凶悪犯 흉악한 악당 misdadiger banditt bandyta criminoso бандит ligist อันธพาล eşkıya du côn 暴徒
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