phoney | phony

This page is about the slang term phoney | phony.

Meaning: not genuine, not real (adj.) | a person who's not sincere or genuine (n.)

For example:

  • Francine can't stand the phoney smiles she gets from people who work in shops and banks, and the phoney well-wishing of "Have a nice day" drives her crazy.

  • Politicians try to look honest and sincere, but Harry says most of them are phonies. They're just looking out for themselves.

Quick Quiz:

Andy gave the police a phoney name and address so that

a. they wouldn't know who he really was

b. they could find him in future

c. they could contact his family

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Contributor: Matt Errey