A gangster is a creeminal who is a member o a gang. Some gangs are considered tae be pairt o organisit crime. Gangsters are cried mobsters an aw, a term derivit frae mob and the suffix -ster. Gangs provide a level o organisation an resources that support hintle lairger an mair complex creeminal transactions than an individual creeminal coud achieve. Gangsters hae been active for mony years in kintras aroond the warld. Some gangsters, perhaps maist notably Al Capone, hae become famous. Gangsters are the subject o mony movies, pairticularly frae the period atween 1930 an 1960. The term "Gangster" is nou uised for memmers o street gangs.
- Oxford English Dictionary (online edition)