not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.
false or deceiving; not truthful; concocted: a phony explanation.
insincere or deceitful; affected or pretentious: a phony sales representative.
something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.
to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often followed by up): to phony up a document.
- pho·ni·ly, adverb
- pho·ni·ness, noun
How to use phony in a sentence
It just gets a bit phony whenever she wavers and pretends otherwise.
He was arrested trying to flee to Jordan using phony identification.Israeli Claim: Hamas Funded the Kidnapper Who Started the Gaza War | Eli Lake | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Surely they believe as well that the very concept of an ethnic nation “chosen” by God is phony and unjust.
This single program alone has generated tens of thousands of phony Twitterers.Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams | Charles Seife | July 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2012, Facebook announced that 83 million profiles—pushing 10 percent of the total number on the site—were phony.Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams | Charles Seife | July 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I would even, I decided, stoop to having him thrown in jail on a phony charge, if that should be necessary.Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
And you knew, right away, that Swami was a phony from Flatbush.Sense from Thought Divide | Mark Irvin Clifton
The Swami was an obvious phony of the baldest fakery, yet he had something.Sense from Thought Divide | Mark Irvin Clifton
He had less than a hundred credits, a knife, a deck of phony cards, and a yellow ticket.Police Your Planet | Lester del Rey
Unless the money is phony, or the pass is phony in which case the turnstile locks and all hell breaks loose.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for phony (1 of 2)
a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
- phoniness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for -phony (2 of 2)
indicating a specified type of sound: cacophony; euphony
- -phonic, adj combining form
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