adjective, pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est.
noun, plural pho·nies.
verb (used with object), pho·nied, pho·ny·ing.
Origin of phony
Synonyms for phony
Related Words for phoniescheat, perjurer, storyteller, phony, conceit, hypocrisy, snobbery, pomposity, prank, burlesque, caricature, satire, parody, agitator, performance, attitude, show, replication, photocopy, replica
Examples from the Web for phonies
Contemporary Examples of phonies
Why the low pay and job insecurity that come with “emotional work” is creating a nation full of phonies.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
In a field filled with phonies, Bob Kerrey has always been the real deal.Bob Kerrey Closes In On Reclaiming His Nebraska Senate Seat
October 29, 2012
But Chaffetz and these other phonies aren't interested in the truth.Benghazi: Who Can Take These Hypocrites Seriously?
October 10, 2012
In YA lit, non-white teens still tend to fight racism and violence more than cliques and phonies.The End of the White Outsider
July 25, 2011
In his eyes, acting was a commonplace skill, and the whole admiring East Coast establishment was populated by phonies.Courting Brando
December 19, 2008
Historical Examples of phonies
Anyway, I wouldn't blame her, after the exhibition I made the other night, for classin' me with the phonies.Shorty McCabe
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.