or gon·iff

[gon-uh f]


[gah-nuh f]
noun Slang.
  1. 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 goniff

Historical Examples of goniff

  • 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


ganev or ganof gonif or gonof

noun US slang
  1. 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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