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, pretenderadjective

    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, bastardadjective

    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

GCIDE

  1. phonyadjective

    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. phonyadjective

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

Wiktionary

  1. phonynoun

    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. phonyadjective

    Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.

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

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

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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. Eliot Engel:

    I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick's firing. His office was investigating - at my request - Trump's phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia.

  2. Eric Schneiderman:

    Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes.

  3. Host Charlamagne Tha God:

    She carries hot sauce, like I carry hot sauce … it’s just so phony and so pandering.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Sloppy Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom Sloppy Steve helped write phony books.

  5. President Donald Trump on Monday:

    Number one you don't know what they're doing, and when you read it in the Washington Post, you don't believe it, i believe very little of what I see. I see stories in the Washington Post that are so fake, that are so phony.

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  • خَرّاص, بَهْرَج, متصنعArabic
  • Schwindler, gefälscht, Hochstapler, Schwindlerin, QuacksalberGerman
  • falso, farsanteSpanish
  • huijari, väärä, väärennettyFinnish
  • faux-nez, à la gomme, guignol, mystificateur, prophète, usurpatrice, frauduleux, escroc, contrefait, falsifié, à la noix, usurpateur, charlatan, faux, faussaireFrench
  • מזויףHebrew
  • hamisHungarian
  • fasullo, falso, ciarlatanoItalian
  • 偽, 偽物, 詐欺師, 贋Japanese
  • onecht, nagemaaktDutch
  • фальшивый, мошенница, мошенник, поддельный, жуликRussian
  • oäkta, falskSwedish
  • Chinese

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