Gangsta vs. Gangster

By Jaxson

  • Gangster

    A gangster is a criminal who is a member of a gang. Some gangs are considered to be part of organized crime. Gangsters are also called mobsters, a term derived from mob and the suffix -ster.

    Gangs provide a level of organization and resources that support much larger and more complex criminal transactions than an individual criminal could achieve. Gangsters have been active for many years in countries around the world.

    Some gangsters, such as Al Capone have become infamous. Gangsters are the subject of many novels and films, particularly from the period between 1920 and 1990.

  • Gangsta (noun)

    A member of an urban criminal or street gang.

  • Gangsta (adjective)

    Exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the traits or lifestyle of urban thugs or hustlers.

  • Gangster (noun)

    A member of a criminal or street gang.

  • Gangster (noun)

    A member of a professional criminal organization; a racketeer.

  • Gangster (verb)

    To act like a gangster; to commit street crime or run a racket.

  • Gangsta (noun)

    a gang member

    “I’m showing there’s more to life than being a gangsta and a thug”

    “he raps about the gangsta life”

  • Gangsta (noun)

    a type of rap music featuring aggressive macho lyrics, often with reference to gang violence.

  • Gangster (noun)

    a member of a gang of violent criminals

    “gangsters threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate in the theft”

    “gangster movies”

Oxford Dictionary

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