ganef

noun
ga·​nef | \ ˈgä-nəf How to pronounce ganef (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly goniff

Definition of ganef

slang

First Known Use of ganef

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ganef

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 10 Jul. 2020.

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