phony Definition

  • 1not genuine; fraudulent
  • 2pretending to be someone else; false or deceptive in nature

Using phony: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "phony" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He gave me a phony phone number.

  • Example

    The painting was discovered to be a phony.

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    She put on a phony accent to impress her friends.

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    The politician's promises were revealed to be phony.

phony Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with phony

  • nonsense or insincere talk


    Don't listen to his phony baloney excuses.

  • a period of apparent military inactivity or limited action during a war, often used to describe the early months of World War II


    The Phony War ended with the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940.

  • a forced or insincere smile


    She put on a phony smile to hide her disappointment.

Origins of phony

from Greek 'phōnē', meaning 'voice, sound'


Summary: phony in Brief

The term 'phony' [ˈfoʊni] refers to something that is not genuine or authentic, often fraudulent or deceptive in nature. It can describe a fake phone number, painting, accent, or promises. 'Phony' extends into phrases like 'phony baloney,' denoting nonsense, and 'phony war,' describing a period of apparent military inactivity.