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Variant of ganef.
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a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal.
[1920–25; < Yiddish < Hebrew gannābh]
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|Noun||1.||gonif - (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)|
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
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