from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
  • n. A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
  • n. Informal A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis: The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
  • n. A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson: a railroad gang.
  • n. A matched or coordinated set, as of tools: a gang of chisels.
  • n. A pack of wolves or wild dogs.
  • n. A herd, especially of buffalo or elk. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • intransitive v. To band together as a group or gang.
  • transitive v. To arrange or assemble into a group, as for simultaneous operation or production: gang several pages onto one printing plate.
  • transitive v. To attack as an organized group.
  • gang up To join together in opposition or attack: The older children were always ganging up on the little ones.
  • gang up To act together as a group: various agencies ganging up to combat the use of illicit drugs.
  • n. Variant of gangue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A going, journey; a course, path, track
  • n. A number going in company; a number of friends or persons associated for a particular purpose
  • n. a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad
  • n. A criminal group with a common cultural background and identifying features, often associated with a particular section of a city.
  • n. A group of criminals or alleged criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit, or a group of politicians united in furtherance of a political goal.
  • n. A chain gang.
  • n. A combination of similar tools or implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set
  • n. A set; all required for an outfit
  • n. A number of switches or other electrical devices wired into one unit and covered by one faceplate.
  • n. A group of wires attached as a bundle;
  • n. The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
  • v. To band together as a group or gang.
  • v. To go; walk; proceed.
  • v. Eye-dialect spelling of gan

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A going; a course.
  • n. A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad
  • n. A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set.
  • n. A set; all required for an outfit.
  • n. The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
  • n. A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join.
  • n. A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization.
  • intransitive v. To go; to walk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go; walk; proceed.
  • To arrange in gangs; combine (several) into one set, to be operated together: as, to gang saws, plows, or the like. See gang, n., 9.
  • n. A going; walking; ability to walk.
  • n. Currency.
  • n. A way; course; passage.
  • n. The channel of a stream, or the course in which it is wont to run; a watercourse.
  • n. Hence A ravine or gulley.
  • n. In mining. See gangue.
  • n. The field or pasture in which animals graze: as, those beasts have a good gang.
  • n. A number going or acting in company, whether of persons or of animals: as, a gang of drovers; a gang of elks.
  • n. A number of workmen or laborers of any kind engaged on any piece of work under supervision of one person; a squad; more particularly, a shift of men; a set of laborers working together during the same hours.
  • n. A combination of several tools, machines, etc., operated by a single force, or so contrived as to act as one: as, a gang of saws or plows; a gang of fish-hooks; a gang of mine-cars, tubs, or trams.
  • n. As much as one goes for or carries at once; a go.
  • n. A retired place; a privy; a jakes.
  • n. Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.
  • n. Nautical, a set of standing rigging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act as an organized group
  • n. an organized group of workmen
  • n. an association of criminals
  • n. an informal body of friends
  • n. tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together


Middle English, band of men, from Old English, journey, and Old Norse -gangr, journey, group (as in thjofagangr, gang of thieves).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gangen, from Old English gangan ("to go, walk, turn out"), from Proto-Germanic *ganganan (“to go, walk”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (“to step, walk”). Cognate with Scots gang ("to go on foot, walk"), Swedish gånga ("to walk, go"), Faroese ganga ("to walk"), Icelandic ganga ("to walk, go"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English gang, from Old English gang ("a journey, a way, a passage"), from Proto-Germanic *gangaz. Cognate with Dutch gang, Icelandic gangur. (Wiktionary)
See gan. (Wiktionary)


  • "My impression is that this is the work of a gang -- a _gang_."

    Once Aboard the Lugger

  • We have a conspiracy among unscrupulous breeders to obtain this valuable cat, and hence, sir, we have a gang -- a _gang_. "

    Once Aboard the Lugger

  • KING: And they were -- who gave them the term gang of five?

    CNN Transcript Sep 5, 2001

  • He would certainly be made use of by the officers for the purpose of identifying the companions whom he had betrayed; and I had the best reasons in the world to believe that he would rather assist in the taking of me than in the capture of all the rest of the coining gang put together -- the doctor himself not excepted.

    A Rogue's Life

  • Leading Tzu-Lu and his gang is the gunslinger Jack Straw, a figure who is as much legend as reality, as much magic as lead.

    [Guest Post] Part 1: A Manifesto of Imaginative Literature by Justin Allen

  • And when the gang is after you, you really need to hide out in a county jail for a while.

    Matthew Yglesias » Advice on Recession-Proofing Your Hospital

  • The film certainly provides stimuli in its first 10 minutes we get our title gang of renegade heroes, evil Bolivian drug lords and their drug-mule children, a smoking school bus, girls in bikinis, enough high-caliber firepower to light up La Paz, an exploding helicopter, poignancy, death, a thirst for revenge.

    Only Action Clich

  • The next day, the gang is at the airport to see off Nobu for her interview at Hokkaido.

    Lovely Complex ep 21 « Undercover

  • As police investigate what they call a gang rape of a 15-year-old girl after a homecoming dance in California, the girl's parents have released a message.

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2009

  • They treat women considerably better than do other gangs of criminals; at the same time, the gang is also extremely violent and corrupt.

    Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney: Questions


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.