• n. Thief.

Example Sentences

  • "That lousy gonef. I turned around and my sandwich was gone!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb גנב ganáv, Yiddish גנבֿ gánef (pl. גנבֿים ganóvim)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      gannif, ganif, gonnif, gonef, ganev, ganef, ganav, ganov


  • Fem. ganefte.

    The Modern Hebrew equivalent, 'ganav', is not commonly used in English.

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