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.

  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.”

How to pronounce phony?

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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. Mitt Romney:

    He’s not the real deal, he’s a phony.

  2. Donald Trump:

    It's all fake news, it's phony stuff. It didn't happen.

  3. Oscar Levant:

    Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.

  4. Eric Trump:

    It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen.

  5. Doris Day:

    But I never did like it. Still don't. I think it's a phony name.

Images & Illustrations of phony

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Translations for 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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