What does phoney mean?

Definitions for phoney

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word phoney.

Princeton's WordNet

  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


  1. phoney(a.)

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

  2. phoney(a.)

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


  1. phoney(Noun)

    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 phoney.

  2. phoney(Noun)

    A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.

  3. phoney(Adjective)

    1900 Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.

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

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phoney in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phoney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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