phoniness

phony

[foh-nee]
adjective, phonier, phoniest.
1.
not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.
2.
false or deceiving; not truthful; concocted: a phony explanation.
3.
insincere or deceitful; affected or pretentious: a phony sales representative.
noun, plural phonies.
4.
something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
5.
an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.
verb (used with object), phonied, phonying.
6.
to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often followed by up ): to phony up a document.
Also, phoney.


Origin:
1895–1900; perhaps alteration and respelling of fawney (slang) finger ring (< Irish fsptáinne), if taken to mean “false” in the phrase fawney rig a confidence game in which a brass ring is sold as a gold one

phonily, adverb
phoniness, noun


4. fraud, imitation, hoax.
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phoney or phony (ˈfəʊnɪ)
 
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  not genuine; fake
2.  (of a person) insincere or pretentious
 
n , -nier, -niest, -neys, -nies
3.  an insincere or pretentious person
4.  something that is not genuine; a fake
 
[C20: origin uncertain]
 
phony or phony
 
adj
 
n
 
[C20: origin uncertain]
 
'phoneyness or phony
 
n
 
'phoniness or phony
 
n

phony (ˈfəʊnɪ)
 
adj, —n , pl -nies, -nier, -niest
a variant spelling (esp US) of phoney
 
'phoniness
 
n

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phony
"not genuine," 1900, phoney, perhaps an alteration of fawney "gilt brass ring used by swindlers" (1781), from Ir. fainne "ring." The noun meaning "phony person or thing" is attested from 1902.
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-phony suff.
sound: microphony.

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