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gonif

or goniff

[gon-uh f] /ˈgɒn əf/
noun
1.

ganef

[gah-nuh f] /ˈgɑ nəf/
noun, Slang.
1.
a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal.
Also, gonif, goniff.
Origin of ganef
1920-1925
1920-25; < Yiddish < Hebrew gannābh
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  • Billy noticed that Cohen seemed morose, and heard him exclaim something that sounded like "goniff!"

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for goniff

ganef

/ˈɡɑːnəf/
noun (US, slang)
1.
an unscrupulous opportunist who stoops to sharp practice
Word Origin
from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannābh thief, from gānnabh he stole
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Slang definitions & phrases for goniff

goniff

noun

(Variations: gonef or gonif or gonof or gonoph or ganef or ganof or guniff) A thief; a person who is in effect a thief, like an unethical salesperson: And who is this arch-goniff?/ a gonof like Glick/ all the other gonophs, consultants who peddle bullshit, builders who build badly (1845+)

verb

: Are you trying to goniff me, pal?

[fr Yiddish, ''thief,'' fr Hebrew gannabh, ''thief'']

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