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From Yiddish גנבֿ ‎(ganef, thief), from Hebrew גַּנָּב ‎(ganáv).


gonoph ‎(plural gonophs)

  1. (Britain, New York, slang, dated) A pickpocket or thief.
    • Charles Dickens, 'On Duty with Inspector Field', Household Words, June 14, 1851:
      If the smallest "Gonoph" about town were crouching at the bottom... Inspector Field would nose him with a finer scent than an ogre's, when adventurous Jack lay trembling in his kitchen copper.'


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