Definition of phoney in English:

phoney

Line breaks: pho¦ney
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊni
 
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(chiefly North American also phony)
informal

adjective (phonier, phoniest)

Not genuine; fraudulent: phoney cruise-ship job offers
More example sentences
  • The 1990s was a decade of fraudulent privatisations, phony education and poverty alleviating campaigns.
  • So what touchstone can we use to distinguish genuine from phoney forwardists?
  • Sadly, phoney clinics offer spurious tests which will diagnose allergies in virtually anybody.
Synonyms
bogus, not genuine, sham, false, fake, fraudulent, forged, feigned, counterfeit, so-called, spurious, pseudo; imitation, man-made, mock, ersatz, artificial, synthetic, manufactured, simulated, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy; make-believe, pretended, contrived, affected, insincere
informal pretend, put-on
British informal , dated cod

noun (plural phoneys or phonies)

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A fraudulent person or thing.
More example sentences
  • I'm a fake, a phony, a fraud, an impostor, and a charlatan of the worse degree.
  • Veterans call them by all sorts of names: phonies, fakes, imposters, wannabes.
  • Why are you playing the edges; why bother to debunk, why spend your time exposing people that are outright frauds, phonies, or who are merely self deluded?
Synonyms

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

phonily

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.

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