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gonif Syllabification: gon·if
Pronunciation: /ˈɡänəf/
(also goniff, ganef)

Definition of gonif in English:


North American informal
A disreputable or dishonest person (often used as a general term of abuse).
Example sentences
  • I Can Get It for You Wholesale is told as a first person narrative by Harry Bogen, schnorrer extraordinaire, hustler, goniff, chiseller, unscrupulous weasel and sleazebag for all seasons.


Mid 19th century: from Yiddish ganev, from Hebrew gannāḇ 'thief'.

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