See also: -phony


Alternative formsEdit


Of unknown origin. Perhaps an alteration of fawny (gilt brass ring used by swindlers) (1781), from Irish fáinne (ring).



phony (comparative phonier, superlative phoniest)

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



Derived termsEdit



phony (plural phonies)

  1. (informal) 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. (informal) A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
    Synonyms: faker, dissembler, pretender, fake; see also Thesaurus:deceiver
    He's such a phony, he doesn't believe half of what he says.
  3. (informal) Anything fraudulent or fake.
    • 2013, John E. Douglas, Ann W. Burgess, Allen G. Burgess, Crime Classification Manual (page 131)
      One name was a phony, but the other was the true name. The clerk remembered the man who had filed the tags since he acquired two sets of plates with different names.

Derived termsEdit


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.


phony (third-person singular simple present phonies, present participle phonying, simple past and past participle phonied)

  1. To fake.