phony

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

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phony (comparative phonier, superlative phoniest)

  1. (informal) 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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phony (plural phonies)

  1. (informal) 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. (informal) 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.
  3. (informal) Anything fraudulent or fake.
    • 2013, John E. Douglas, ‎Ann W. Burgess, ‎Allen G. Burgess, Crime Classification Manual (page 131)
      One name was a phony, but the other was the true name. The clerk remembered the man who had filed the tags since he acquired two sets of plates with different names.

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