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[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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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 like your father is stealing the money, too, I bet yer.

    Elkan Lubliner, American 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


noun (US, slang)
an unscrupulous opportunist who stoops to sharp practice
Word Origin
from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannābh thief, from gānnabh he stole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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