A person, usually a man, who has taken to a life of violent crime. Usually raised in a hostile, deprived environment. They could be hanging with gangs on street corners. They differ from gangsters in the respect that hey are not into organising crime. A thug could graduate into a gangster and may work for one, while still doing spontaneous muggings or dealing.
When in gangs they can be proprietary about their turf.
"mama am a thug, mama am a thug..."
by Container October 12, 2003
A common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly, often for hire
That robber is no more than a common thug
by Lord Kalte February 13, 2013
Alot of people have their own version of what it is to be a thug. 2pac has his own but from his music and even they way he behaves isn't a good example despite the fact he says a thug is someone who's had it hard and became something. Young people are going to mimick him no matter what he does, this is the same guy who spat at the press, so what message are you sending to your fans and what a thug is. Spitting, saying fuck new york, fuck biggie, that's why i fucked yo bitch you fat muthafucka. 2pac was crazy, you can like his songs but dont worship the songwriter, they are human just like you. A thug and I'm being real is what it sounds like, a robber, a crook, a drug dealer, conniving, scum, a petty murderer. The word orginated in India which means a bunch of robbers from india who strangled their victims. Now rap music has gave it a whole new meaning, people are automatically thugs just because they smoke weed and their from the hood or just cause their in a gang, or just cause they sell drugs even though the might say not say it directly because the rappers are perceived as thugs so what ever they do is thug shit to young people. In their mind a thug is someone who has bitches, can smoke purple to the head, wears conrows, shot people who disrespect them which could be in the form of a reality check, Mimicking this fake thug mentality will get you an early grave or jail guranteed.
He was a thug because he robbed people
by lpo0 September 03, 2012
Means never having to say your sorry.
Hey. I'm a thug. I just knocked something of yours over. And I'm not sorry.
by D.J. K0$H3R October 11, 2010
Means never having to say I'm sorry...
Shut up bitch! I'm a thug!
by Cr4zyCr4ck3r July 30, 2010
Trues Humbly United Gathering Souls. Started by the best rap group in history, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Layzie Bone: It's all about Mo' Trues Humbly United Gathering Souls. (T.H.U.G.S.)
by juicyjay4200 July 20, 2010
Making something out of your life, even though it hasnt been an easy one. Like Tupac said:

"I call myself a THUG, because i grew up in the ghetto, and Im still standing"

THUG LIFE - The Hate U Gave Lil Infants FUcks Everyone!
1] "I call myself a THUG, because i grew up in the ghetto, and Im still standing" - Tupac
2]THUG LIFE - The Hate U Gave Lil Infants FUcks Everyone!- Tupac tatoo (THUG-LIFE)
by Whyte Lye April 09, 2010

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