ga·​nef ˈgä-nəf How to pronounce ganef (audio)
variants or gonif or less commonly goniff

Word History


borrowed, directly or via a Central European underworld argot such as Rotwelsch, from Yiddish ganef "thief," going back to Hebrew gannābh

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ganef was circa 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Ganef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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