- 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.
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Related Words for phoninessambidexterity, ambidextrous, artificiality, backhanded, deceitful, deceptive, devious, disingenuous, double, double-dealing, duplicitous, evasive, faithless, fake, hollow, hypocritical, lying, mendacious, perfidious, phony
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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
October 13, 2012
- a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
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.