English version

phoney

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishphoneypho‧ney (also phony American English) /ˈfəʊni $ ˈfoʊ-/ adjective informal 🔊 🔊 1 FALSEfalse or not real, and intended to deceive someone syn fake 🔊 a phoney American accentsee thesaurus at false2 PRETENDsomeone who is phoney is insincere and pretends to be something they are notphoney noun [countable] 🔊 He’s a complete phoney!phoniness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
phoneyIn Tehelka's suburban office in Delhi, they devised a false logo for West End and printed off phoney business cards.Is that part of the disgraceful, phoney citizens charter?And it was all the better for being hosted by real-deal Alice Cooper rather than fat phoney Phill Jupitus.It is election year, and a phoney war is being waged between the two main parties.
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