A hoodlum or other criminal, especially one who carries a gun.
Other Word Forms
Origin of gunsel
- Alteration (influenced by gun) of earlier gonsil, guntzel naïve youth, hobo's younger male lover, punk from Yiddish gendzl gosling diminutive of gandz goose from Middle High German gans from Old High German ghans- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition