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English definition of “thug”


noun [C] uk   /θʌɡ/ us  
a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime: Some thugs smashed his windows.Gangsters, thugs and criminal organizations
adjective uk   /ˈθʌɡ.ɪʃ/ informal us  
a thuggish-looking youth with a shaven head and tattoos on his armsViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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