A gang is an association or group of criminals. Often, members of one gang will fight violently with another gang.

People join gangs for the sense of belonging, as well as for protection by other members. A gang usually claims an area as its territory and defends it against other gangs or unaffiliated criminals. You can also use gang for a group of friends or workers: "A whole gang of us went to the movies together." The Old English root, gang, means "journey." Today's definition comes from the idea of "a band of people traveling together."

Primary Meanings of gang

an association of criminals
act as an organized group
tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together
Full Definitions of gang

n an association of criminals

“police tried to break up the gang
mob, pack, ring
a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
youth gang
a gang whose members are teenagers
sleeper nest
a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
Type of:
a formal organization of people or groups of people

n an informal body of friends

bunch, crew, crowd
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n an organized group of workmen

crew, work party
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a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
a crew of workers selected for a particular task
chain gang
a gang of convicts chained together
ground crew, ground-service crew
the crew of technicians and mechanics who service aircraft on the ground
road gang
a gang of road workers
section gang
a work crew assigned to a section of a railroad
stage crew
crew of workers who move scenery or handle properties in a theatrical production
day shift, day watch
workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
evening shift
workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)
graveyard shift, night shift
workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
a crew of workers who relieve another crew
Type of:
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

v act as an organized group

gang up
Type of:
aggroup, group
form a group or group together

n tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together

Type of:
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

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