The definition of a thug is a murderer, robber or other criminal, or a member of a band of professional assassins from northern India.(noun)
See thug in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Hindi ṭhag, swindler < Sans sthaga, a cheat, rogue, akin to sthagayati, (he) hides < IE base *(s)teg-, to cover > thatch
See thug in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Hindi ṭhag
Origin: , perhaps from Sanskrit sthagaḥ, a cheat
Origin: , from sthagati, sthagayati, he conceals; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
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