One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he gave a phoney address’
bogus, not genuine, sham, false, fake, fraudulent, forged, feigned, counterfeit, so-called, spurious, pseudo
imitation, man-made, mock, ersatz, artificial, synthetic, manufactured, simulated, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy
make-believe, pretended, contrived, affected, insincere
informal pretend, put-on
British informal, dated cod
1‘the doctor's a phoney’
impostor, sham, fake, fraud, mountebank, quack, cheat, swindler, fraudster, confidence trickster, defrauder, hoaxer, bluffer, pretender, masquerader, charlatan, rogue, scoundrel
informal con man, con artist
dated confidence man
2‘the diamond's a phoney’
counterfeit, fake, forgery, sham, hoax, imitation, copy, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy
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