[ bruhm-uh-juhm ]
See synonyms for brummagem on
  1. showy but inferior and worthless.

  1. a showy but inferior and worthless thing.

Origin of brummagem

First recorded in 1675–85; 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

Words Nearby brummagem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use brummagem in a sentence

  • This of course must be laid to the credit of the local supporters of "the noble art of self-defence," the brummagem bruisers.

    Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
  • As soon as his baggage had been taken to the public hall, Roebelin got out beads, wire, and brummagem jewellery.

    The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle
  • But a mere brummagem article that won't stand wear is quite valueless in their eyes.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A Kru boy welcomed them with beaming face and fetched them drinks upon a brummagem tray.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A superb disorder of trumpery brummagem cutlery, stuffs, firearms and pots and pans clutter the ground in every direction.

British Dictionary definitions for Brummagem


/ (ˈbrʌmədʒəm) /

  1. an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to: Brum

  2. (sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery

  1. (sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry

Origin of Brummagem

C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham

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