from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of ganef.
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- n. (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)
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Spiel, kosher, ganof and matzoth are examples; their vowels remain un-American.
I should worry, 76 In its way, is correct English, but in essence it is as completely Yiddish as kosher, ganof, schadchen, oi-yoi, or mazuma.
He wrote an article about what the world thinks about us and the biggest ganof in all time and he failed to condemn it, he did indeed fail.