[ foh-nee ]

adjective, noun, verb (used with object),pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est,plural pho·neys,pho·neyed, pho·ney·ing.

Other words from phoney

  • pho·ney·ness, noun

Words Nearby phoney Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use phoney in a sentence

  • It would be an adventure, at least, and Murphy's repeated assertions that it was "a phoney" invited investigation.

    Spring Street | James H. Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for phoney


adjective-nier or -niest
  1. not genuine; fake

  2. (of a person) insincere or pretentious

nounplural -neys or -nies
  1. an insincere or pretentious person

  2. something that is not genuine; a fake

Origin of phoney

C20: origin uncertain

Derived forms of phoney

  • phoneyness or esp US phoniness, noun

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