(noun, adjective)


1. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

Similar word(s): counterfeit, imitative, bogus, fake, phoney

Sentences with phony as an adjective:

- A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phony one.


1. a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

Similar word(s): dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, pretender

Definition categories: person, beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster

Sentences with phony as a noun:

- He claims to be a doctor, but he's nothing but a fast-talking phony.

- He's such a phony, he doesn't believe half of what he says.