Definition of Phoney

1. Noun. 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.




2. Adjective. Fraudulent; having a misleading appearance.
Exact synonyms: Bastard, Bogus, Fake, Phony
Similar to: Counterfeit, Imitative
Derivative terms: Bastard, Fake, Phony

Definition of Phoney

1. Adjective. '''1900''' Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance. ¹

2. Noun. A person who assumes an identity or quality other than their own. ¹

3. Noun. A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phoney

1. phony [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: phony

Lexicographical Neighbors of Phoney

phoneticize
phonetics
phonetism
phonetist
phonetists
phonetization
phonetizations
phonetize
phonetized
phonetizes
phonetizing
phoneward
phonewise
phoneword
phonewords
phoney (current term)
phoneyed
phoneying
phoneys
phoniatric
phoniatrics
phonic
phonic spasm
phonically
phonicator
phonicators
phonics
phonied
phonier
phonies

Literary usage of Phoney

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1939-1940 by David Reynolds (1983)
"The phoney War, September, 1939-May, 1940 The first phase of Lothian's ambassadorship may ... ."34 Second, there was the character of the "phoney War. ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1968 . . . who has amassed over 40 phoney degrees himself in five years of ... 1985 . . . the damage the Victorians had done in imposing a phoney tradition ..."

3. The Mathematical Monthly by John Daniel Runkle (1861)
"TTE, phoney, and BERTHOLLET. The opening of the courses took place on the 24th of ... Arithmetic, which was the subject of the first lesson, says phoney, ..."

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