[ buhk-ruhm ]
/ ˈbʌk rəm /


a stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings, etc.
stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality.

verb (used with object), buck·ramed, buck·ram·ing.

to strengthen with buckram.
Archaic. to give a false appearance of importance, value, or strength to.

Origin of buckram

1175–1225; Middle English bukeram<Middle High German buckeram or Old Italian bucherame, said to be named after Bukhara, once noted for textiles
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British Dictionary definitions for buckram

/ (ˈbʌkrəm) /


  1. cotton or linen cloth stiffened with size, etc, used in lining or stiffening clothes, bookbinding, etc
  2. (as modifier)a buckram cover
archaic stiffness of manner

verb -rams, -raming or -ramed

(tr) to stiffen with buckram

Word Origin for buckram

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