Definition of gonif in English:

gonif

(also goniff)

noun

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’
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

gonif

/ˈɡɒnɪf/