Phony meaning

fō'nē
Something that is not genuine; a fake.
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Phony is something or someone that is not as it seems, or a person who pretends to be something he is not.

Someone who is poor but who pretends to be rich to impress others is an example of a phony.

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Fraudulent, deceitful, or dishonest.

A phony expert in investing.

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A fraudulent or dishonest person.
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Sound.

Telephony.

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Not genuine; false, counterfeit, spurious, pretentious, etc.
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Something not genuine; sham; fake.
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A (specified kind of) sound.

Polyphony.

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Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.

A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phony one.

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A person who assumes an identity or quality other than their own.

He claims to be a doctor, but he's nothing but a fast-talking phony.

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A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.

He's such a phony, he doesn't believe half of what he says.

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The definition of phony is someone or something that is not genuine, or not honest or insincere.

A knock-off Gucci purse is an example of a purse that would be described as phony.

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Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit.

A phony credit card; a phony beard.

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Spurious, deceptive, or false.

A phony excuse.

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A person who is not what he or she pretends to be; one who deceives, dissembles, is insincere, etc.; fraud.
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Origin of phony

  • < Gr phōnē, a sound: see phono-
    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • Alteration of fawney gilt brass ring used by swindlers from Irish Gaelic fáinne ring from Old Irish
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Greek -phōniā from phōnē sound, voice bhā-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Perhaps an alteration of fawney “gilt brass ring used by swindlers" (1781), from Irish fáinne (“ring").
    From Wiktionary