Variant of phony
Informal not genuine; false, counterfeit, spurious, pretentious, etc.
Origin of phonyaltered ; from British thieves' argot fawney, gilt ring (passed off as gold by swindlers) ; from Irish fáinne
- something not genuine; sham; fake
- a person who is not what he or she pretends to be; one who deceives, dissembles, is insincere, etc.; fraud