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1.
Somebody who pretends to be something else. It's like a bad actor.
Jerry: Use it in a sentence.

Mike: Man, that Michael Jordan is so phony. (to Kramer) Why'd you tell him?!?
by ALKOHOL January 18, 2004
 
2.
Holden Caulfield's favorite insult, an old way of saying poser.
"What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff- I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."

-Holden Caulfield.

Here he expresses how he'd like to stop people from beocming phony as they grow up.
by Ivan Martinez Autin June 18, 2006
 
3.
1. false

2. someone or something false
This Drivers licence is Phony.
by Light Joker February 22, 2006
 
4.
Mark David Chapman's reason for killing John Lennon
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."
by Saul March 26, 2005
 
5.
Anyone who takes the effort to look or act differently than they normally would to impress others. Usually very embarrassing to watch, though entertaining if it is someone you don't like. Almost always obvious.
1. You ought to go to a boy's school sometimes. Try it sometime. It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques. The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together, the guys that play bridge stick together. Even the guys that belong to the goddam Book-of-the-Month Club stick together.

2. "Fuck. I fucking hate them fucking shitty ass phonies. Fuck them all."
"Shut up, phony."
by clockwrist April 22, 2008
 
6.
Homies Who Have Sold You Out
no longer trust my homies,
them phonies tried to do me

Death Around The Corner
2PAC
by RichardG June 09, 2005
 
7.
Something that isn't what it seems or tries to be something it isn't, or tries to be part of the system. Like two bad actors. Until they taser you, in the butt.

No one wants your autograph, phonies!
Fell to the ground
The phonies didn't let up
Tasin' on my butthole
over and over
I was screamin' and squirmin'

My butthole was on fire. - Phony = Elijah Wood and Ben Affleck.
by The Lonely Islands January 13, 2012