- An example of a thug is someone who constantly beats people up and steals from them.
- An example of a Thug is a member of a gang who were active in India and worshiped and offered victims to Kali.
- [alsoT-] a member of a former group in India that murdered and robbed in the service of Kali
- a rough, brutal hoodlum, gangster, robber, etc.
Origin of thugHindi ?hag, swindler from Sanskrit sthaga, a cheat, rogue, akin to sthagayati, (he) hides from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)teg-, to cover from source thatch
- A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.
- also Thug One of a group of professional criminals, devotees of Kali, who robbed and murdered travelers in northern India until the mid-1800s.
Origin of thugHindi &tlowdot;hag perhaps from Sanskrit sthagah a cheat from sthagati, sthagayati he conceals ; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
From Hindi à¤ à¤—à¥à¤—à¥€ (á¹haggÄ«), from Marathi à¤ à¤• (thak, “thief, swindler"), from Sanskrit à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤— (sthaga, “cunning, fraudulent, to cover, to conceal") hence à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤—à¤¤à¤¿ (sthagati, “he/she/it covers, he/she/it conceals"). Thuggee was an Indian network of secret fraternities who were engaged in murdering and robbing travellers and known for strangling their victims, operating from the 17th century (possibly as early as 13th century) to the 19th century. During British Imperial rule of India, many Indian words passed into common English, and in 1810 thug referred to members of these Indian gangs. The sense was adopted more generally as "ruffian, cutthroat" by 1839.