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- n. Alternative form of gonoph.
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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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For those Mooseketeers who are not fluent in Yiddish, "goniff" means a dishonest person.
Bernie Madoff the goniff stole $50 Billion in the biggest Ponzi scheme ever, and I'm about to be taken to the American Express Abu Gahreb.
"That goniff who should be doing time, chopping rocks, making license plates, somehow slipped out of his apartment confinement and he's treating himself to a shore dinner."
They used Yiddish words such as tineff for ` shoddy goods, 'goniff for ` thief,' mumser for an ` unpleasant person '(usually the head merchandise buyer), zu viel gelt for ` too much money,' schlock for
To blow through $130 million campaign dollars while pocketing over 3% of that (Penn's cut plus God-only-knows what Wolfson's getting — it ain't chicken feed.) and losing 11 straight contests in crunch time, is to scream from the rooftops “I am ... a goniff — and don't particularly give a rat's ass what you think of me or how I handle things — just as long as I get “my cut”.
I'd rather you didn't hear me negotiating for money with this goniff, since it might tarnish the bright image you have of me as a sweet and demure person. "