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[foh] /foʊ/
artificial or imitation; fake:
a brooch with faux pearls.
Origin of faux
1670-80; < French; Old French fals < Latin falsus false Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for faux
  • Encouraging faux fur over real fur helps us become a better and kinder nation.
  • The trains are flooded with illegal faux guides, who.
  • The gathering was decidedly odd-two faux newscasters had organised a semi-faux rally.
  • In polite society, flatulence is often a social faux pas-especially when issued deliberately.
  • Many in the audience chuckled at the automated faux pas and shook their heads.
  • For instance, sensors in toilets throughout his faux community can be programmed to mimic human behavior.
  • The main difference is in the cover, which opts for colored cloth instead of faux leather.
  • The shaky board caved to the pressure and simply folded under the faux pressure.
  • But he and some of his colleagues-clearly fearful of committing a legal faux pas-often seemed evasive.
  • Yes, that weed popping up out of her faux turf carpet is a real dandelion, deliberately planted.
Word Origin and History for faux

from French faux "false" (12c., see false). Used with English words at least since 1676 (Etheredge, faux-prude). Used by itself, with French pronunciation, from 1980s to mean "fake."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for faux



False; fake, phony: A British conglomerate told Ms Tabb to shelve her plans to sell the faux burger/ The facade drops, revealing them as the faux funsters they really are/ She had a faux art clock that ran on a battery

[1980s+; fr French]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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