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English definition of “thug”


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