not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.
false or deceiving; not truthful; concocted: a phony explanation.
insincere or deceitful; affected or pretentious: a phony sales representative.
something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.
to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often followed by up): to phony up a document.
- pho·ni·ly, adverb
- pho·ni·ness, noun
How to use phony in a sentence
Why the low pay and job insecurity that come with “emotional work” is creating a nation full of phonies.
He was too cynical about politics, and he could spot phonies whichever party they were in.
In a field filled with phonies, Bob Kerrey has always been the real deal.Bob Kerrey Closes In On Reclaiming His Nebraska Senate Seat | John Avlon | October 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Chaffetz and these other phonies aren't interested in the truth.Benghazi: Who Can Take These Hypocrites Seriously? | Michael Tomasky | October 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In YA lit, non-white teens still tend to fight racism and violence more than cliques and phonies.
British Dictionary definitions for phony (1 of 2)
a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
- phoniness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for -phony (2 of 2)
indicating a specified type of sound: cacophony; euphony
- -phonic, adj combining form
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