Gauner

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EtymologyEdit

Attested from the 16th century; with East Middle German g- for the j- sound of older Joner, which in the 15th century meant "(wrong) player"; related to the verb junen ‎(to play wrong); Joner probably originally meant "Greek" and came from West Yiddish יוון ‎(Yovon, Greece), יווןער ‎(yevoner, Greek, Ionian), which in turn stems from the Hebrew יָוָן ‎(yaván, Greece). The exact origin is unclear.

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Gauner m ‎(genitive Gauners, plural Gauner, feminine Gaunerin)

  1. crook

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