Definition of phony in English:

phony

Syllabification: pho·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈfōnē
 
/
(also phoney)
informal

adjective (phonier, phoniest)

noun (plural phonies)

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Derivatives

phonily

Pronunciation: /ˈfōnilē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • In the interview, he phonily claims he ‘just wanted to have fun tonight.’
  • The newspaper's editorial asserts that the Oklahoma City bomber's comments reveal ‘a mind warped by self-induced militancy and by a detached, phonily objective language of profit and loss.’
  • ‘You wish he was’ Laena said, smiling phonily at Cam.

phoniness

noun
More example sentences
  • Holden Caulfield, the hero of JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, was its Shakespeare, articulating its half-formed hatred and its simmering resentment of phoniness.
  • The message has adolescence in it - he is dealing with questions of sincerity and phoniness - but the technique is, at the end of it, subtly mature.
  • It all smacks of phoniness and opportunism to me.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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