- Ganef is slang and is defined as a thief or scoundrel.
An example of a ganef is a burglar.
Ganef is slang for a burglar.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Yiddish ganef from Classical Hebrew (language) ganav from ganav, to steal
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or ga·nof also gon·ifnoun
Origin: Yiddish, from Hebrew gannāb, to steal; see gnb in Semitic roots.