- a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal.
Also gonif, goniff.
Origin of ganef
1920–25; < Yiddish < Hebrew gannābh
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Examples from the Web for ganef
A Ganef like your father is stealing the money, too, I bet yer.Elkan Lubliner, American
Maybe he ain't no more a ganef as I am, Mawruss, but just the same, he is in jail and I ain't.
"A ganef you couldn't tell what he would do at all," Linkheimer rejoined, and Abe rose to his feet.
ganev or ganof gonif or gonof
- an unscrupulous opportunist who stoops to sharp practice
from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannābh thief, from gānnabh he stole