gonif

or gon·iff

[ gon-uh f ]
/ ˈgɒn əf /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. gong buoy,
  2. gongorism,
  3. gongyo,
  4. goniatite,
  5. gonidium,
  6. gonin operation,
  7. gonio-,
  8. goniometer,
  9. gonion,
  10. goniopuncture

ganef

[ gah-nuh f ]
/ ˈgɑ nəf /

noun Slang.

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

  • 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

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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