adjective, pho·ni·er, pho·ni·est.
noun, plural pho·nies.
verb (used with object), pho·nied, pho·ny·ing.
- phony disease,
- phony war,
Origin of phony
Origin of -phony
Examples from the Web for phony
Surely they believe as well that the very concept of an ethnic nation “chosen” by God is phony and unjust.
This single program alone has generated tens of thousands of phony Twitterers.
In 2012, Facebook announced that 83 million profiles—pushing 10 percent of the total number on the site—were phony.
Of course, the incentive for the Gingrich team would be not to delete the phony accounts.
Just like refusing vaccines will do nothing to reverse these changes, neither will phony detoxifying remedies.
I didnt say your invention was a phony, Colonel Dower said placatingly.With No Strings Attached|Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)
The "flyest" pickpocket did not disdain the income to be derived from the sale of "phony" jewellery.Comrade Yetta|Albert Edwards
If anyone knows the phony finance game at all, it's J. Bayard Steele.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
Maybe the guy was a crackpot or phony, but it wouldn't hurt to hear his story.The Chameleon Man|William P. McGivern
If they talk in that puttin'-on, play-actin' way you do, they are a bunch of phony show-offin' hypocrites!The Reluctant Weapon|Howard L. Myers
adjective, noun -nier or -niest or plural -nies
n combining form
Word Origin for -phony
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.