[ buhk-ruhm ]
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  1. a stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings, etc.

  2. stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality.

verb (used with object),buck·ramed, buck·ram·ing.
  1. to strengthen with buckram.

  2. Archaic. to give a false appearance of importance, value, or strength to.

Origin of buckram

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English bokeram, buk(e)ram, from Old French bo(u)querant, Old Italian bucherame, perhaps from Middle High German buckeram, said to be named after Bukhara, once noted for textiles

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How to use buckram in a sentence

  • At our challenge they have now taken to their heels like Falstaff's eleven rogues in buckram suits.

  • Making frames for hats follows—the frames are of wire and buckram.

    The Canadian Girl at Work | Marjory MacMurchy
  • A Special Presentation Edition, bound in white buckram, with extra gilt ornament.

    Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • They might have been weighted with buckram, although it was no longer in general use.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • They are very poorly clad, for their clothes are only of the skins of beasts, and canvas, and buckram.

    Some Heroes of Travel | W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for buckram


/ (ˈbʌkrəm) /

    • cotton or linen cloth stiffened with size, etc, used in lining or stiffening clothes, bookbinding, etc

    • (as modifier): a buckram cover

  1. archaic stiffness of manner

verb-rams, -raming or -ramed
  1. (tr) to stiffen with buckram

Origin of buckram

C14: from Old French boquerant, from Old Provençal bocaran, ultimately from Bukhara, once an important source of textiles

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