Orininally a member of an Indian sect ("thuggee") that worshipped Kali and killed people to rob them. Famous for strangulating people. One cult head was tried for more than 900 murders.
The word has later evolved to mean "robber, murderer" in general.
The earliest thuggee account was R. C. Sherwood's Of the Murderers Called Phansigars which was based on interrogations and depositions of thuggees and published in 1820
by DocLeary September 09, 2005
Thug and Gangster, or "gangsta" as the kids spell it, is not different than any other word for a Hoodlum or street urchin, thief, etc. Thug, in proper context is a degenerate and someone who disregards the law or moral code for monetary or social gain. represents the worst part of society when not checked. Thugs may be "placed" into this type of life by "circumstances" above there own, but ACCOUNTABILITY at a certain ages is usually a wake up call to future actions. If that said individual beyond the age of 18, continuing in a "thug" manner is no fault but His/or her own. This is America and there are schools, trade schools/after school and weekend programs for just about every facet of young adult life that can keep most kids off the street, the few that continue do so under their own will, they only have their selves to blame and us taxes have to foot the bill to keep them in and out of prison.
There is no excuse to be 'thug' in 21st century North America, this lifestyle has been glamorized too much in Rap/Teen and Urban mainstream music and media. Honest Hard work, good upbringing or good morals can be obtained by most Americans, this is from a 26yrold Black Male. Be a Positive and not contribute to the aimless negative of society.
by Jack Skipwith April 26, 2010
Thug (from HINDI) 1) an organized gang of professional assassins. 2) a thief
A group of thugs attacked, and killed my brother.
by mycotoxin January 23, 2014
As 2Pac defined it 'thug is someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles,and continues to live day by day with nothing for them. That person is a thug. and the life they are living is the thug life. '
NOT a gangster,but someone who had nothing,was nothing,and became something.
'You can all call me a thug, but that's cause I was in the gutter, and I'm still here.' - Tupac Shakur R.I.P.
by A fan of Tupac Shakur..-A99 February 18, 2013
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
True Hero Under God
- Z-Ro "The Mo City Don" A.K.A. "Z-RO The Crooked"
a soldier in the hood, a hustler, a killer, or a guerilla nigga. A T.H.U.G.
by ChaSe Texas made southside 45 March 22, 2007
An acronym, made by Flesh-n-Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, that stands for "Trues Humbly United Gathering Souls".
"Ridin' wit' my Trues Humbly United Gathering Souls" - Flesh-n-Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
by Kovacs June 21, 2006

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