Definition of gangsta in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaŋstə/


1 informal A gang member: I’m showing there’s more to life than being a gangsta and a thu [as modifier]: he raps about the gangsta life
More example sentences
  • Let's fast-forward from the Vibe Awards to the Source Awards, another show where the thugs, gangstas and pimps made their presence felt.
  • He's pure street and the real thugs and gangstas on lockdown respect that.
  • While original gangstas like NWA presented graphic dispatches from LA gang turf where few reporters were brave enough to tread, he has been sold as a GI Joe doll with real bullet holes.
2 (also gangsta rap) [mass noun] A type of rap music featuring aggressive macho lyrics, often with reference to gang violence.
Example sentences
  • While European rap artists may listen to U.S. gangsta rap, their own lyrics are expected to represent their own social environment.
  • Gangsta rap is differentiable from other rap music in that gangsta rap makes use of images of urban life that are often associated with crime.
  • From this we can infer that the transgressed boundary in line 1 is indeed that of hip-hop music generally, and probably gangsta rap specifically.


1980s: alteration of gangster.

Words that rhyme with gangsta


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