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English definition of “phoney”

phoney

adjective (phonier, phoniest) informal disapproving (US also phony)     /ˈfəʊ.ni/ US  /ˈfoʊ-/
not sincere or not real : All salespeople seem to have the same phoney smile . He gave the police a phoney address .Affected and insincereFaking and pretending phoney     noun [C] I don't trust him - I think he's a phoney.Affected and insincereFaking and pretending
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