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Definition gang

Etymology 1

From Middle English gangen, from Old English gangan (“to go, walk, turn out”), from Proto-Germanic *ganganą (“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”), Vedic Sanskrit जंहस् (jáṃhas). Ultimately: related to etym. 2, see below.

Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To go; walk; proceed.

Etymology 2

From Middle English gang, from Old English gang (“a journey; way; passage”), from Proto-Germanic *gangaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰongʰ-o-s, from *ǵʰengʰ- (“to step; stride”). Cognate with Dutch gang, German Gang, Icelandic gangur, Norwegian gang (“hallway”), Old Norse gangr (“passage, hallway”), Swedish gång, Vedic Sanskrit जंहस् (jáṃhas).

Noun

gang (plural gangs)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A going, journey; a course, path, track.
  2. (obsolete) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
  3. A number going in company; a number of friends or persons associated for a particular purpose.
  4. A group of laborers under one foreman; a squad.
  5. A criminal group with a common cultural background and identifying features, often associated with a particular section of a city.
  6. A group of criminals or alleged criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit.
  7. A group of politicians united in furtherance of a political goal.
  8. (US) A chain gang.
  9. A combination of similar tools or implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set.
  10. A set; all required for an outfit.
  11. (electrics) A number of switches or other electrical devices wired into one unit and covered by one faceplate.
  12. (electrics) A group of wires attached as a bundle.
Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. (intransitive) To band together as a group or gang.
  2. (transitive) to attach similar items together to form a larger unit.

Etymology 3

See gan.

Verb

gang (second-person singular simple present gangst)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of gan.

Etymology 4

Shortening of gangbang.

Verb

gang (third-person singular simple present gangs, present participle ganging, simple past and past participle ganged)

  1. Synonym of gangbang: to have sex with a single partner as a gang.

Etymology 5

Noun

gang (countable and uncountable, plural gangs)

  1. (mining) Alternative form of gangue

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