ganef (plural ganefs)

  1. (slang, pejorative) A thief; a rascal or scoundrel.
    • 1999, Steve Stern, The Wedding Jester, Graywolf Press, page 86 ↗,
      The streets swarmed with hucksters, ganefs, and handkerchief girls who solicited in the shadows of buildings draped in black bunting.
    • 2011, Eric Dezenhall, The Devil Himself, St. Martin's Press (Thomas Dunne Books), page 12 ↗,
      I would love to have a little inside knowledge that my grandfather's friends took down a president, but the reality is an endless procession of desperate little ganefs—and most of them are very small—trying to stay one step ahead of cops in suits from Sy Syms.

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