adjective, pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est, noun, plural pho·neys, verb (used with object), pho·neyed, pho·ney·ing.
- phono plug
adjective, pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est.
noun, plural pho·nies.
verb (used with object), pho·nied, pho·ny·ing.
Origin of phony
Examples from the Web for phoney
It had had, in fact, to be an honest job of ship-building in order to put across a phoney promotion.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
A good-looking mustache, well groomed and shaped, but phoney as a wax banana.
It would be an adventure, at least, and Murphy's repeated assertions that it was "a phoney" invited investigation.Spring Street|James H. Richardson
If her seven clients hadn't been so phoney she might have gotten away with it.
Maybe we ought to cut out all this phoney progress and phoney peace that passeth all understanding.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
esp US phony
adjective -nier or -niest
noun plural -neys or -nies
Word Origin for phoney
adjective, noun -nier or -niest or plural -nies
also phoney, "not genuine," 1899, perhaps an alteration of fawney "gilt brass ring used by swindlers."
His most successful swindle was selling "painted" or "phony" diamonds. He had a plan of taking cheap stones, and by "doctoring" them make them have a brilliant and high class appearance. His confederates would then take the diamonds to other pawnbrokers and dispose of them. ["The Jewelers Review," New York, April 5, 1899]
The noun meaning "phony person or thing" is attested from 1902.