Meaning of phony

pho•ny

Pronunciation: (fō'nē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. v., -ni•er, -ni•est, -nies, -nied, -ny•ing.
—adj.
  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.
—n.
  1. something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
  2. an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.
—v.t.
  1. to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often fol. by up): to phony up a document.

-phony

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending intelephony.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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