Definition of gonif in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒnɪf/
(also goniff)


North 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
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  • 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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