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phony

pho·ny (pho·ney)

phony (phoney)

 
 
pronunciation:
fo ni
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: phonier, phoniest
definition: (informal) not real or genuine; fake.
She could tell he was wearing a phony beard and mustache.
synonyms:
bogus, counterfeit, ersatz, fake, false, inauthentic, mock, pseudo, sham, spurious
antonyms:
authentic, real, true
similar words:
artificial, contrived, deceptive, factitious, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, imitation, left-handed, make-believe, meretricious, pinchbeck, plastic, shoddy, specious, supposititious, synthetic
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part of speech: noun
inflections: phoneys, phonies
definition: (informal) someone or something that is not genuine; fake; impostor.
The diamond is a phony.The doctor was actually a phony.
synonyms:
fake
similar words:
charlatan, cheat, counterfeit, faker, forgery, hoax, humbug, imitation, impostor, mountebank, poser, pretender, put-on, quack, sham, shoddy, slug, swindle
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derivation: phoniness (n.)