[ muhm-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmʌm ə ri /

noun, plural mum·mer·ies.

the performance of mummers.
any performance, ceremony, etc., regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious.

Origin of mummery

First recorded in 1520–30; mummer + -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mummery


/ (ˈmʌmərɪ) /

noun plural -meries

a performance by mummers
hypocritical or ostentatious ceremony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mummery



1520s, "performance of mumming," from Old French mommerie, from momer (see mummer). Transferred sense of "ridiculous ceremony or ritual" is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper