—adj. 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.
—n. 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.
—v.t. 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.