Definition of gonif in English:

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gonif

Pronunciation: /ˈɡänəf/
(also goniff, ganef)

noun

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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: gon·if

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