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phony definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: fraudulent; having a misleading appearance [syn: bogus, fake, phony, phoney, bastard] n
1: 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 [syn: hypocrite, dissembler, dissimulator, phony, phoney, pretender]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective also phoney (phonier; -est) Etymology: perhaps alteration of fawney gilded brass ring used in the fawney rig, a confidence game, from Irish fáinne ring, from Old Irish ánne — more at anus Date: 1900 not genuine or real: as a. (1) intended to deceive or mislead (2) intended to defraud ; counterfeit b. arousing suspicion ; probably dishonest <something phony about the story> c. having no basis in fact ; fictitious <phony publicity stories> d. false, sham <a phony name> e. making a false show: as (1) hypocritical (2) specious <has a phony poetic elegance — New Republic> • phonily adverbphoniness noun II. noun also phoney (plural phonies; also phoneys) Date: 1902 one that is phony III. transitive verb (phonied; phonying) Date: circa 1942 counterfeit, fake — often used with up <a paper phonied up on the spur of the moment — William Faulkner>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

var. of PHONEY.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see phoney

Moby Thesaurus

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