- a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal.
Also gonif, goniff.
Origin of ganef
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
ganev or ganof gonif or gonof
- 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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