Definition of “thug” - English Dictionary

“thug” in British English

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thugnoun [ C ]

us uk /θʌɡ/

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime:

Some thugs smashed his windows.
thuggish
adjective us uk /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)

“thug” in American English

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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)