• WordNet 3.6
    • adj phony fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    • n phony 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
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phony Of the character of a ‘phone’ or of the talk heard over a ‘phone’; unsubstantial; imitational; spurious.
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  • W. J. Wetherby
    W. J. Wetherby
    “Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversaries?”
  • Oscar Levant
    “Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.”


In literature:

Mister Olorun, how much did we miss their phony beacon by?
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
It's a phony holster, fixed on the gun to look like the real thing!
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
We leased this floor under the name of a phony corporation.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Listen to this: Captain Killian is at the Garden View Hotel in New York, registered under a phony name!
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Don't see anything phony about it, do you, sir?
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Some phony doctor tried to kill me earlier, and it doesn't look like you're shaping up to be any friendlier.
"Less than Human" by Zoë Blade
If he's a phony you can have him.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
We're of the opinion that your agents are known to the Soviet government and have been handed a set of phony plans.
"The Foreign Hand Tie" by Gordon Randall Garrett
El Hassan can't get the label of phony hung on him.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
He spotted the phony towers of Perfidion's TSB rising above the trees before he had proceeded half a mile.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young

In poetry:

When biased thinking has vanished into space
No phony facades, eight dharmas, nor hopes and fears,
A keeper and kept refined until they're gone
This way of keeping samaya, it works quite well
"The Profound Definitive Meaning" by Jetsun Milarepa

In news:

Phony war hero sentenced to jail.
Phony Dan Sileo hit the QAM airwaves to rant.
The GOP's Latest Phony Argument for War.
President's phony Iraq claim not up for debate.
' Phony debt collectors' could be targeting you.
Marcy, NY (WIBX) – If you have ever used a phony excuse to "call in" for a day off from work you are not alone.
Feds seize phony Super Bowl swag.
Federal officials say authorities have seized nearly $5 million worth of phony Super Bowl sportswear and merchandise in a nationwide sweep.
The Phony Outrage Over Obama's Jobs Council.
Unscrupulous direct-to-consumer marketers -- with their phony solicitations that tell consumers, "Your warranty is about to expire" -- hurt the extended-service-contracts market for everyone.
Phony agents using scam.
Anderson are you Phony .
Robert, also known as Watchdog or the President of a dissolved company, are you phony .
Less than one month after a network of phony locksmiths were banned from practicing business in North Carolina, area officials are encouraging residents to be on the lookout for similar scams.
A Phony Critique of Petraeus.