- The definition of a gang is a group of people who spend a lot of time together, often for negative purposes such as stealing or attacking others.
An example of a gang is a group of youths who frequently rob stores and beat up others.
Gang members fighting.
gang definition by Webster's New World
- a group of people associated together in some way; specif.,
- a group of workers directed by a foreman
- an organized group of criminals
- a squad of convicts at work
- a group of youths from one neighborhood banded together for social reasons; often specif., a band of juvenile delinquents
- a set of like tools, machines, components, etc., designed or arranged to work together: often used attributively: gang drills
- a very large number of persons or things
Origin: Middle English a band or company, origin, originally , a going, journey ; from Old English ; from base of gangan: see gang
- ☆ Informal to attack as a gang
- ☆ to arrange in a gang, or coordinated set
Origin: Middle English gangen ; from Old English gangan, akin to Old Norse ganga, Gothic gaggan, to go ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhengh- from source Sanskrit jáṁhas-, a step
gang definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
- A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
- Informal A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis: The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
- A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson: a railroad gang.
- A matched or coordinated set, as of tools: a gang of chisels.
- a. A pack of wolves or wild dogs.b. A herd, especially of buffalo or elk. See Synonyms at flock1.
- To arrange or assemble into a group, as for simultaneous operation or production: gang several pages onto one printing plate.
- To attack as an organized group.
Origin: Middle English, band of men, from Old English, journey, and Old Norse -gangr, journey, group (as in thjofagangr, gang of thieves).
gang - Phrases/Idioms
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