What does phony mean?

Definitions for phony
ˈfoʊ nipho·ny

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

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

GCIDE

  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.

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. phony(Adjective)

    Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.

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

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

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How to say phony in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phony in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of phony in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I believe you can prep too much for those things, it can be dangerous. You can sound scripted or phony – like you’re trying to be someone you’re not.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I think it was one of the major contributors to the outcome, propaganda works. Advertising works. It’s a form of propaganda. So the Russians may have started out a little heavy-handed and clumsy about it, but they were clearly getting guided as to where to target a lot of their fraudulent claims and phony news.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Do you see the negative ads now, all phony ads, those ads are paid for by lobbyists … those ads, they have them on eminent domain, all sorts of stuff.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    The American people understand that Trump is a phony, that Trump is a pathological liar and a racist, and that he lied to the American people during his campaign.

  5. Paul Manafort:

    The American people care about what is going to happen to their lives, about change. And the issues of Brexit, this kind of phony ad, doesn't address those things.

Images & Illustrations of phony

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  • خَرّاص, بَهْرَج, متصنعArabic
  • 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
  • hamisHungarian
  • ciarlatano, falso, fasulloItalian
  • 詐欺師, 偽物, 偽, 贋Japanese
  • onecht, nagemaaktDutch
  • жулик, поддельный, мошенник, мошенница, фальшивыйRussian
  • falsk, oäktaSwedish
  • Chinese

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