The opposite of the word "real" is "fake." This is a great adjective to use when describing something or someone that gives a false impression or doesn’t seem real.
- Are those diamonds real, or are they fake?*
- That woman is speaking with a fake French accent.
- Matt used a fake ID to buy some beer.
- Sharon has a fake tattoo on her back that looks real.
- Someone is passing around fake hundred-dollar bills.
You can also use this word as a noun:
- There was a story in the paper about a man who thought he owned a painting by Pablo Picasso, but it turned out to be a fake.
- He said he was a doctor, but it turns out he’s a fake.
- Is this apple a fake or is it real?
Sometimes the word "fake" is used as a verb:
- Is he really asleep or is he just faking it?
- Caroline faked that she was happy when she got married.
- He faked his way through school and got a degree.
* Another word that is similar to "fake" is "phoney."
Are those diamonds real, or are they phoney?
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The page was first published on August 20, 2012. It was updated on June 6, 2015.