Meaning of “phoney” in the English Dictionary

"phoney" in British English

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phonier, phoniest informal disapproving US also phony uk /ˈfəʊ.ni/ us /ˈfoʊ.ni/

not sincere or not real:

All salespeople seem to have the same phoney smile.
He gave the police a phoney address.
noun [ C ] uk us

I don't trust him - I think he's a phoney.

(Definition of “phoney” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)