Gonoph meaning

(UK, slang, dated) A pickpocket or thief.
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'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.' Charles Dickens, 'On Duty with Inspector Field', Household Words, June 14, 1851.
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Origin of gonoph

  • Hebrew גנבֿ, 'gannābh', thief.

    From Wiktionary