from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not genuine or real; counterfeit: a phony credit card.
- adj. False; spurious: a phony name.
- adj. Not honest or truthful; deceptive: a phony excuse.
- adj. Insincere or hypocritical.
- adj. Giving a false impression of truth or authenticity; specious.
- n. Something not genuine; a fake.
- n. One who is insincere or pretentious.
- n. An impostor; a hypocrite.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
- n. A faker, a person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold or assumes an identity other than their own.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. imitating something superior; intended to deceive; fraudulent; having a misleading appearance; not genuine; counterfeit; fake.
- adj. pretending to be other than one is; putting on false appearances; insincere; hypocritical; -- of people.
- n. something or someone that is phony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the character of a ‘phone’ or of the talk heard over a ‘phone’; unsubstantial; imitational; spurious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- adj. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
Alteration of fawney, gilt brass ring used by swindlers, from Irish Gaelic fáinne, ring, from Old Irish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps an alteration of fawney “gilt brass ring used by swindlers” (1781), from Ir. fáinne “ring.” (Wiktionary)