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thugnoun [C]

uk   us   /θʌɡ/
a man who ​actsviolently, ​especially to ​commit a ​crime: Some thugs ​smashed his ​windows.
thuggish
adjective uk   us   /ˈθʌɡ.ɪʃ/ informal
a thuggish-looking ​youth with a ​shavenhead and ​tattoos on his ​arms
(Definition of thug from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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thugnoun [C]

 us   /θʌɡ/
a man who ​actsviolently, esp. a ​criminal: Some thugs ​smashed his ​windows.
(Definition of thug from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “thug”
in Korean 폭력배…
in Arabic بَلْطَجي, قَبَضاي…
in Malaysian samseng…
in French voyou…
in Russian хулиган…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡棍, 暴徒, 罪犯…
in Italian malvivente, teppista…
in Turkish haydut, eşkiya…
in Polish bandzior, opryszek, zbir…
in Spanish bestia, gamberro…
in Vietnamese kẻ sát nhân…
in Portuguese bandido…
in Thai คนโหดร้าย…
in German der/die Gewaltverbrecher(in)…
in Catalan pinxo, perdonavides…
in Japanese 暴漢, 悪党…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶棍, 暴徒, 罪犯…
in Indonesian orang jahat…
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