"That lousy gonef. I turned around and my sandwich was gone!"
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb גנב ganáv, Yiddish גנבֿ gánef (pl. גנבֿים ganóvim)
- 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).
- 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).
Who Uses This
gannif, ganif, gonnif, gonef, ganev, ganef, ganav, ganov
The Modern Hebrew equivalent, 'ganav', is not commonly used in English.
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