phony

or pho·ney

[ foh-nee ]
/ ˈfoʊ ni /

adjective, pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est.

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.

noun, plural pho·nies.

something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.

verb (used with object), pho·nied, pho·ny·ing.

to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often followed by up): to phony up a document.

Nearby words

  1. phonoscope,
  2. phonotactic,
  3. phonotactics,
  4. phonotype,
  5. phonotypy,
  6. phony disease,
  7. phony war,
  8. phony-baloney,
  9. phooey,
  10. phorate

Origin of phony

1895–1900; perhaps alteration and respelling of fawney (slang) finger ring (< Irish fsptáinne), if taken to mean “false” in the phrase fawney rig a confidence game in which a brass ring is sold as a gold one

Related formspho·ni·ly, adverbpho·ni·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for phoniness

phony

/ (ˈfəʊnɪ) /

adjective, noun -nier or -niest or plural -nies

a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
Derived Formsphoniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for phoniness

phony

adj.
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