Pronunciation: (fō'nē), [key]
—adj., -ni•er, -ni•est,
—n., pl. -nies,
—v., -nied, -ny•ing.
1. not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.
2. false or deceiving; not truthful; concocted: a phony explanation.
3. insincere or deceitful; affected or pretentious: a phony sales representative.
1. something that is phony; a counterfeit or fake.
2. an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person: He thought my friends were a bunch of phonies.
to falsify; counterfeit; fabricate (often fol. by up): to phony up a document. Also,phoney.
a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone: telephony.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.