phoney

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj phoney fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    • n phoney 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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Usage

In literature:

Have you received any phoney 'phone calls to-night?
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
There came into being a corporation called "Spaceways, Inc." which could not possibly be considered phoney from any inspection of its charter.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They'll size me for a phoney promoter excavatin' your pocketbook.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
They had been stung with so many Oriental Phoneys and stuck up so often that they had gone Yellow and lost their Nerve.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
He's a phoney piece of work; calls himself a mining broker.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Fixed, framed, phoney, see?
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
It's phoney clear through!
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Said the picture was a phoney.
"Get Out of Our Skies!" by E. K. Jarvis
The fat red sun was strictly a phoney, and it didn't fool him any.
"The Hoofer" by Walter M. Miller
A good-looking mustache, well groomed and shaped, but phoney as a wax banana.
"The Observers" by G. L. Vandenburg
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In poetry:

Dignity is phoney stuff.
Who is dignified deep down?
Strip the pants off, call the bluff,
Common clay are king and clown.
Let a bulging belly be
Your best bid for dignity.
"To A Stuffed Shirt" by Robert W Service

In news:

DA Files Charges in Phoney Attorney Case.
Ahead of a emergency meeting called by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie that night about the barn, Simmons called plans for the barn "illogical" and surveys of residents' views about the streetcars "phoney baloney.
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