Last modified on 28 May 2014, at 20:57

phony

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Perhaps an alteration of fawney “gilt brass ring used by swindlers” (1781), from Irish fáinne (ring).

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phony (comparative phonier, superlative phoniest)

  1. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
    A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phony one.

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phony (plural phonies)

  1. A person who assumes an identity or quality other than their own.
    He claims to be a doctor, but he's nothing but a fast-talking phony.
  2. A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
    He's such a phony, he doesn't believe half of what he says.

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