'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.
Origin of gonoph
- Hebrew גנבֿ, 'gannābh', thief.