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

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. Unabridged


a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone:, telephony.

< Greek -phōnia; see -phone, -y3 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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
[C20: origin uncertain]
'phoneyness or phony
'phoniness or phony

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

n combining form
indicating a specified type of sound: cacophony; euphony
[from Greek -phōnia, from phōnē sound]
adj combining form

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Word Origin & History

"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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Medical Dictionary

-phony suff.
sound: microphony.

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Example sentences
The phony ad describes the sort of stuff you'll find in the fake mag.
Along with the diplomas, the company also provided fake transcripts and phony
  letters of recommendation.
When auditors asked to see the file on a phony insurance policy, the company's
  employees would simply fake it.
Phony checks have been the stock in trade of online fraud artists for years.
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