- a façade falsifying the size, finish, or importance of a building, especially one having a humble purpose or cheap construction.
- any deceptive appearance: He hid his great shyness behind a false front of aggressiveness.
Origin of false front
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for false front
The next day they ran up a false-front with a tower at either side.The Corner House Girls at School
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Red Oak slept all day behind the drab, sun-bleached, false-front buildings on both sides of the only road.The Lone Ranger Rides
The schools, farms, grain elevators, and false-front business buildings are common to the entire Midwest.North Dakota