Definitions for phonyˈfoʊ ni

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender(adj)

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

  2. bogus, fake, phony, phoney, bastard(adj)

    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

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  1. phony(a.)

    imitating something superior; intended to deceive; fraudulent; having a misleading appearance; not genuine; counterfeit; fake; as, a phony diamond; a phony hundred-dollar bill.

  2. phony(a.)

    Pretending to be other than one is; putting on false appearances; insincere; hypocritical; -- of people.

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. phony(Noun)

    A faker, a person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold or assumes an identity other than their own.

    He's as phony as a three-dollar bill.

  2. phony(Adjective)

    Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.

    A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phony one.

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


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  • خَرّاص, بَهْرَجArabic
  • Schwindler, Quacksalber, Schwindlerin, gefälscht, HochstaplerGerman
  • falso, farsanteSpanish
  • huijari, väärennetty, vääräFinnish
  • usurpateur, faux-nez, faussaire, faux, charlatan, à la noix, falsifié, frauduleux, usurpatrice, mystificateur, guignol, à la gomme, prophète, escroc, contrefaitFrench
  • מזויףHebrew
  • ciarlatano, falso, fasulloItalian
  • 詐欺師, 偽物, 偽, 贋Japanese
  • onecht, nagemaaktDutch
  • жулик, поддельный, мошенник, мошенница, фальшивыйRussian
  • falsk, oäktaSwedish

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