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n combining form
indicating a specified type of sound: cacophony; euphony.
[from Greek -phōnia, from phōnē sound]
-phonic adj combining form
or pho•ney(ˈfoʊ ni)
adj. -ni•er, -ni•est, adj.
1. not real or genuine; fake: phony diamonds.
2. false or deceiving: a phony excuse.
3. affected or pretentious.n.
4. something phony; a counterfeit or fake.
5. an insincere or affected person.v.t.
6. to falsify (often fol. by up): to phony up a document.
[1895–1900; perhaps alter. and resp. of fawney (slang) finger ring (< Irish fáinne), taken to mean “false” in the phrase fawney rig a confidence game in which a brass ring is sold as a gold one]
a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone: telephony.