phony

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps an alteration of fawney “gilt brass ring used by swindlers” (1781), from Irish fáinne (ring).

Also looks like French faux-nez “false nose”, a classic component of disguises.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

phony (comparative phonier, superlative phoniest)

  1. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
    A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phony one.

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

phony (plural phonies)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]