circa 1839, in the meaning defined above
borrowed, directly or via a Central European underworld argot such as Rotwelsch, from Yiddish ganef "thief," going back to Hebrew gannābh
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“Ganef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ganef. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.
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