- oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick.
- fruit custard or blancmange usually thickened with cornstarch.
- any of various dishes made of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc.
- complete nonsense; foolish humbug.
Origin of flummery
Related Words for flummerycurio, ornament, bauble, souvenir, bric-a-brac, levity, trifle, toy, thingamajig, frill, gadget, novelty, embellishment, whimsy, miniature, showpiece, bagatelle, curiosity, device, notion
Examples from the Web for flummery
Historical Examples of flummery
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
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.'Caricature and Other Comic Art
- informal meaningless flattery; nonsense
- mainly British a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
Word Origin for flummery
Word Origin and History for flummery
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.