nounNorth American informal
A disreputable or dishonest person (often used as a general term of abuse): my father thinks the whole world is a bunch of gonifs
More 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'.
Definition of gonif in:
- The US English dictionary