See also Gang, gång, gäng, gāng, gǎng, gàng, găng, and gắng

English[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Etymology 1[edit | edit source]

From Old English gong (a journey, a way, a passage) and Old Norse gangr (a group of men)

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Noun[edit | edit source]



Gang ({{{1}}})

  1. (obsolete) A going; a course.
  2. 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
    a gang of sailors; a chain gang ; a gang of thieves.
  3. A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set
    a gang of saws, or of plows.
  4. A set; all required for an outfit
    a new gang of stays.
  5. The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
  6. (Electrical components) The number of switches wired into one face plate.
  7. (electrical components) A group of wires attached as a collection;
    a gang of wires.
    Do a drop for the telephone gang, then another drop for the internet gang, both through the ceiling of the wiring closet.
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Verb[edit | edit source]

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to Gang (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (intransitive) To band together as a group or gang.
    "Lets's gang up on them."

See also[edit | edit source]

Appendix:Collective nouns

Etymology 2[edit | edit source]

See gan.

Verb[edit | edit source]

Gang (second-person singular simple present gangst)

  1. Eye-dialect spelling of gan.

Afrikaans[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From Dutch gang

Noun[edit | edit source]


  1. A passageway, alley

Dutch[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

contraction of the root of gaan 'to go' (cognate with English gang) + -ing

Noun[edit | edit source]

Gang m. (plural gangen, diminutive gangetje, diminutive plural gangetjes)

  1. passageway, alley
  2. gait
  3. journey
  4. hallway, corridor
  5. walk, way of stepping, running etc.

Derived terms[edit | edit source]

French[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From English

Noun[edit | edit source]

Gang m. (plural Gangs)

  1. gang, group of ill-doers

Indonesian[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From Dutch gang (passageway, alley)

Noun[edit | edit source]


  1. Alleyway, alley, narrow street. A narrow pathway bound by walls on both sides.
    • gang buntu — dead-end alley
  2. An organized crime group.
  3. A group of people with distinct identity, such as high school mates. See also geng.

Verb[edit | edit source]


  1. To form a gang group.

Mandarin[edit | edit source]

Pinyin syllable[edit | edit source]


  1. Nonstandard spelling of gāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of gǎng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of gàng.

Usage notes[edit | edit source]

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian[edit | edit source]

Noun[edit | edit source]


  1. hall, hallway
    Sett fra deg skoene i gangen – Leave your shoes in the hallway
  2. passage, corridor
    I enden av den lange gangen er klasserommet – The class room is at the end of the long corridor
  3. aisle
  4. walk, path
  5. walk, walking, going
  6. walk, gait
    Gangen hans er litt merkelig – His gait is a bit weird
  7. working, running, action, movement, motion, operation
  8. course; passage
    Livets gangCourse of life
  9. course; march
  10. time
    Vi vant fem ganger på rad! – We won five times in a row!
  11. plot, action
    Historiens gang var litt komplisert – The history's plot was a little complicated
  12. Template:Mining dike, lode
  13. vein
  14. (anatomy) duct

Scots[edit | edit source]

Alternative forms[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From Old English gangan, Old Norse ganga, with inflected forms from gān ( > English go).

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Verb[edit | edit source]


  1. To go.
    And I will love thee still, my dear
    Till a’ the seas gang dry. - Robert Burns - A Red, Red, Rose

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