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brummagem

[ bruhm-uh-juhm ]
/ ˈbrʌm ə dʒəm /
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adjective

showy but inferior and worthless.

noun

a showy but inferior and worthless thing.

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Origin of brummagem

First recorded in 1630–40; local variant of Birmingham, England (compare Bromwichham, Bromecham (17th century), Middle English Burmingeham ); originally in allusion to counterfeit coins produced there in the 17th century
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British Dictionary definitions for brummagem

Brummagem
/ (ˈbrʌmədʒəm) /

noun

an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to: Brum
(sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery

adjective

(sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry
C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham
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