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[fluhm-uh-ree] /ˈflʌm ə ri/
noun, plural flummeries.
oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick.
fruit custard or blancmange usually thickened with cornstarch.
any of various dishes made of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc.
complete nonsense; foolish humbug.
Origin of flummery
1615-25; < Welsh llymru, with ending assimilated to -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There isn't one particle of flummery in Crondall's whole body.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • And I can dish up a trifle of flummery in here and there conveniently, and—let me see.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Yes; all that flummery about merchant princes and so forth is nonsense.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • In my opinion it's the eatables that matter and not flummery decorations.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Let me have the full particulars, and don't try on flummery.'

  • flummery has ceased to be a popular preacher these twenty years.

    Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • And a young woman who doesn't go in for poetry, and dreaming, and all that kind of flummery.

    Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
  • No flummery, that leaves a man tired and hungry when he leaves the table.

    Hildegarde's Harvest Laura E. Richards
  • He had here no moral support for his just contempt of Popish flummery.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • Their supper always consists of flummery, made of barley-meal.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for flummery


noun (pl) -meries
(informal) meaningless flattery; nonsense
(mainly Brit) a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Welsh llymru
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Word Origin and History for flummery

1620s, a type of coagulated food, from Welsh llymru "sour oatmeal jelly boiled with the husks," of uncertain origin. Figurative use, of flattery, empty talk, is from 1740s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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