[ gah-nuh f ]
/ ˈgɑ nəf /

noun Slang.

a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal.
Also gonif, goniff.

Origin of ganef

1920–25; < Yiddish < Hebrew gannābh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ganef

  • A Ganef like your father is stealing the money, too, I bet yer.

  • Maybe he ain't no more a ganef as I am, Mawruss, but just the same, he is in jail and I ain't.

    Abe and Mawruss|Montague Glass
  • "A ganef you couldn't tell what he would do at all," Linkheimer rejoined, and Abe rose to his feet.

    Abe and Mawruss|Montague Glass

British Dictionary definitions for ganef


ganev or ganof gonif or gonof

/ (ˈɡɑːnəf) /

noun US slang

an unscrupulous opportunist who stoops to sharp practice

Word Origin for ganef

from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannābh thief, from gānnabh he stole
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