adjective, plum·mi·er, plum·mi·est.

containing or resembling plums.
good or desirable: a plummy part for a good actress.
richly or mellowly resonant: a plummy speaking voice.

Origin of plummy

First recorded in 1750–60; plum1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for plummy

pleasant, mellow, deep, full, harmonious, rich

Examples from the Web for plummy

Contemporary Examples of plummy

  • To this day, no auction room ever feels quite complete without a plummy British voice taking bids.

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    Bacon’s Overpriced Triptych

    Blake Gopnik

    November 13, 2013

  • Choose carefully and this soft, plummy varietal can enthrall like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Five Ways to Drink Bravely

    Mark Oldman

    October 25, 2010

  • A pluot is a hybrid of plum and apricot, dominated by plummy characteristics and lighter on the apricot.

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    The Secrets of Hybrid Fruit

    Stacey Slate

    January 22, 2010

Historical Examples of plummy

British Dictionary definitions for plummy


adjective -mier or -miest

of, full of, or resembling plums
British informal (of speech) having a deep tone and a refined and somewhat drawling articulation
British informal choice; desirable
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