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[foh] /foʊ/
artificial or imitation; fake:
a brooch with faux pearls.
Origin of faux
1670-80; < French; Old French fals < Latin falsus false Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The truth is, I executed rather a faux pas over there at Asquith.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And had I committed a faux pas in refusing to deliver up the little bag?

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • A stirring modern drama in which the evil effects of a faux pas on the part of the heroine lead to dramatic developments.

  • Your Grace saved me a faux pas there, for Montaiglon is not what I fancied at all.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Concerning Bainbridge, consult faux's Journal, ante, note 109.

Word Origin and History for faux

from French faux "false" (12c., see false). Used with English words at least since 1676 (Etheredge, faux-prude). Used by itself, with French pronunciation, from 1980s to mean "fake."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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False; fake, phony: A British conglomerate told Ms Tabb to shelve her plans to sell the faux burger/ The facade drops, revealing them as the faux funsters they really are/ She had a faux art clock that ran on a battery

[1980s+; fr French]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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