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A thief, a crook. An untrustworthy person, particularly one who steals outright or over-charges for merchandise.

(Hebrew & Yiddish: ganev, meaning thief)
Did you see what those gonifs at the new store are charging for t-shirts?
by bluegrassfan February 01, 2005
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A catch all word to describe anything that is basic, uncool or untrendy. According to The New York Times, "cheugy (pronounced chew-gee) can be used, broadly, to describe someone who is out of date or trying too hard."

Things that are cheugy:

The New York Times
PT Cruisers
Goldendoodles

Australians

Addison Rae
White people
Billionaires

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A Hebrew/Yiddish word, often used (and spelled various ways) in English; particularly used in southern California. There is no exact English equivalent word; `operator' is maybe the closest. A gonif operates on the shadowy borders of illegality and/or impropriety, and gets away with it, and is not quite an outright crook. The word seems to combine proper moral disapproval with sneaking admiration. Reference: 'The Joys of Yiddish,' by Leo Rosten.
Seymour was an accomplished and clever gonif. He could con birds out of trees, and could figure out how to game any bureaucratic system within a few minutes.
by Chuck Hastings June 29, 2003
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