Definition of phoney in English:

phoney

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

adjective (phonier, phoniest)

noun (plural phoneys or phonies)

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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.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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