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 phoniness
He was going nuts with frustration in the face of what he considered to be phoniness and untruth.In Vice Presidential Debate, Joe Biden Perfects Art of the Smirk|Lee Siegel|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for phoniness
adjective, noun -nier or -niest or plural -nies
Word Origin and History for phoniness
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.