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flummery

[fluhm-uh-ree]
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noun, plural flum·mer·ies.
  1. oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick.
  2. fruit custard or blancmange usually thickened with cornstarch.
  3. any of various dishes made of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc.
  4. complete nonsense; foolish humbug.
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Origin of flummery

1615–25; < Welsh llymru, with ending assimilated to -ery
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Historical Examples

  • 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.'


British Dictionary definitions for flummery

flummery

noun plural -meries
  1. informal meaningless flattery; nonsense
  2. mainly British a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
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Word Origin

C17: from Welsh llymru
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Word Origin and History for flummery

n.

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.

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