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pho·ney

 (fō′nē)
adj. & n.
Variant of phony.

phoney

(ˈfəʊnɪ) or

phony

adj, -nier or -niest
1. not genuine; fake
2. (of a person) insincere or pretentious
n, pl -neys or -nies
3. an insincere or pretentious person
4. something that is not genuine; a fake
[C20: origin uncertain]
ˈphoneyness, ˈphoniness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phoney - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motivesphoney - 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
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker - someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
Tartufe, Tartuffe - a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre - a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
Adj.1.phoney - fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

phoney

(Informal)
adjective
1. fake, affected, assumed, trick, put-on, false, forged, imitation, sham, pseudo (informal), counterfeit, feigned, spurious He used a phoney accent.
fake real, original, genuine, authentic, sincere, unaffected, bona fide, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), unfeigned, unassumed
2. bogus, false, fake, pseudo (informal), ersatz phoney `experts'
noun
1. faker, fraud, fake, pretender, humbug, impostor, pseud (informal) He was a liar, a cheat, and a phoney.
2. fake, sham, forgery, counterfeit This passport is a phoney.

phony

also phoney
adjective
1. Fraudulently or deceptively imitative:
2. Not genuine or sincere:
noun
1. A fraudulent imitation:
3. A person who practices hypocrisy:
Translations
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phoney

phony (US also) [ˈfəʊnɪ]
A. ADJ [moustache] → falso, postizo; [name, document, smile] → falso; [accent] → fingido
there's sth phoney about itesto huele a camelo
the phoney war (1939) → la guerra ilusoria
B. N (phoneys (pl)) (= person) → farsante mf; (= thing) → falsificación f

phoney

[ˈfəʊni]
adj [excuse, accent] → bidon f inv
phoney excuses → des excuses bidons, des excuses bidon
n
(= insincere person) → charlatan mphoney war phony war n (British)drôle de guerre f
the phoney war (in 1939)la drôle de guerre

phoney

(inf)
adj
(= fake, pretentious)unecht; excuse, deal, peacefaul (inf); name, accentfalsch; passport, moneygefälscht; story, reporterfunden; a phoney doctorein Scharlatan m; a phoney policemanein zwielichtiger Polizist; a phoney companyeine Schwindelfirma; a phoney warkein echter Krieg; he’s so phoneyder ist doch nicht echt (inf); there’s something phoney about itda ist was faul dran (inf)
(= insincere) personfalsch; emotionunecht, vorgetäuscht
n (= thing)Fälschung f; (= banknote also)Blüte f (inf); (= bogus policeman etc)Schwindler(in) m(f); (= doctor)Scharlatan m; (= pretentious person)Angeber(in) m(f)

phoney

[ˈfəʊnɪ] (fam)
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (gen) → falso/a, fasullo/a; (accent) → fasullo/a
2. n (person) → venditore/trice di fumo, ciarlatano/a
References in classic literature ?
Look at your Sugar Trust--with all its millions stealing water like a common thief from New York City, and short-weighing the government on its phoney scales.
The only disgraceful thing is Cllr Jobling has been attacking Liberal party candidates in his ward as phonies et al,when all along the only thing phoney was his own political flag of convenience - The Liberal Democrats,who are nothing more than an opportunistic hotchpotch created by various defectors in 1988.
Angela Allison and husband Donald told Fake Britain how they were unwittingly prescribed 60 phoney needles to give insulin injections to their diabetic daughter Claudia, eight.
Referring to Ihsan's letter 'Bad decision' (GDN, August 26), you are not alone in this so-called phoney telecommunication companies services, which have mushroomed suddenly and offer imaginary services.
But a phoney by-election is not the forum for these debates.