Gangsta vs Thug - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between gangsta and thug

is that gangsta is (slang) a member of an urban criminal or street gang while thug is a criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.

As an adjective gangsta

is (slang) exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the high risk lifestyle of urban street-thugs or hustlers.

gangsta

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (slang) A member of an urban criminal or street gang.
  • Adjective

    (head)
  • (slang) exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the high risk lifestyle of urban street-thugs or hustlers.
  • Derived terms

    *gangsta rap

    thug

    English

    (wikipedia thug) From (etyl) . 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 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.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
  • (dated) One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped and offered their victims to her.
  • Synonyms

    * See also