from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thief, scoundrel, or rascal.

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  • n. Thief, rascal, scoundrel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)


Yiddish, from Hebrew gannāb, to steal; see gnb in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish גנבֿ (ganef), from Hebrew גנב (ganáv, gannābh, "thief"). (Wiktionary)


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