Definition of thug :
1. An assassin; a ruffian; a rough.
2. One of an association of robbers and murderers in India who practiced murder by stealthy approaches, and from religious motives. They have been nearly exterminated by the British government.
poser, punk rocker, street fighter, clod, yob, homey, lummox, drug lord, stumblebum, yobo, bonnet, child molester, punk, con woman, strong-armer, hood, gawk, fence, cowling, homeboy, gangbanger, drug baron, gangsta, conman, punk rock, plug-ugly, kindling, touchwood, sticker, abductor, crimes, tinder, lens hood, mobster, yegg, accessory, cap, lubber, arsonist, con artist, racketeer, cowl, rowdy, stumper, oaf, toughie, mug, gang leader, goon, attack, lump, lout, yobbo, spunk, gangster, exhaust hood, roughneck, gorilla
combatant (part of speech: noun)
brawler, foe, fighter, jouster, duelist, rioter, competitor, man-at-arms, gladiator, opponent, soldier, combatant, tough, quarreler, adversary, militant, bruiser, warrior, pugilist, bully, battler, antagonist, rival, struggler, mercenary, swordsman, contestant, assailant, enemy
thief (part of speech: noun)
hijacker, pirate, mugger, larcener, burglar, outlaw, lawbreaker, housebreaker, filcher, felon, stealer, prowler, pickpocket, villain, culprit, grafter, larcenist, highwayman, poacher, swindler, robber, delinquent, cat burglar, lifter
evildoer (part of speech: noun)
crook, cutthroat, snake, evildoer, devil, gunman, brute, hooligan, law breaker, tyrant, wrongdoer, monster, desperado, thief, ogre, fiend, viper, demon, ruffian, terrorist, vampire, vandal, vulture, scoundrel, bad guy, hoodlum, criminal
- Of one thing he was assured: the evidence of these two men would prove that he had acted as a valiant protector and not as a thug- a fear which had not left his mind until now. - "Jane Cable", George Barr McCutcheon.
- No miscreant now Creeps Thug- like up, to maul the passer- by. - "Theocritus", Theocritus.
- Goldberger and Simmonds went on into the inner room to arrange for the disposition of the body of Mahbub; but Godfrey and Miss Vaughan and I turned back together, for we did not wish to see the Thug. - "The Gloved Hand", Burton E. Stevenson.