Definition of gonif in English:

gonif

(US ganef) (also goniff)

noun

North American
informal
  • A disreputable or dishonest person (often used as a general term of abuse).

    • ‘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

/ˈɡɑnəf//ˈɡänəf/