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thugnoun [C]

uk   us   /θʌɡ/
a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime: Some thugs smashed his windows.
thuggish
adjective uk   us   /ˈθʌɡ.ɪʃ/ informal
a thuggish-looking youth with a shaven head 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 acts violently, 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 matón, -ona, bestia…
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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