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phoney

[ foh-nee ]
/ ˈfoʊ ni /
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adjective, noun, verb (used with object), pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est,plural pho·neys,pho·neyed, pho·ney·ing.

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OTHER WORDS FROM phoney

pho·ney·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for phoney

phoney

esp US phony

informal

adjective -nier or -niest

not genuine; fake
(of a person) insincere or pretentious

noun plural -neys or -nies

an insincere or pretentious person
something that is not genuine; a fake

Derived forms of phoney

phoneyness or esp US phoniness, noun

Word Origin for phoney

C20: origin uncertain
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