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pho•ny



Pronunciation: (fō'nē), [key]
adj., -ni•er, -ni•est,
n., pl. -nies,
v., -nied, -ny•ing.


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.

-phony




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.

phonotypyphony-baloney
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