noun, plural trump·er·ies.

something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
Archaic. worthless finery.


of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.

Nearby words

  1. trump,
  2. trump card,
  3. trump up,
  4. trumped-up,
  5. trumpeldor,
  6. trumpet,
  7. trumpet creeper,
  8. trumpet flower,
  9. trumpet honeysuckle,
  10. trumpet leg

Origin of trumpery

1425–75; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp(er) to deceive + -erie -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trumpery


noun plural -eries

foolish talk or actions
a useless or worthless article; trinket


useless or worthless

Word Origin for trumpery

C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat

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Word Origin and History for trumpery



mid-15c., "deceit, trickery," from Middle French tromperie (14c.), from tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin. Spelling influenced by trump (v.). Meaning "showy but worthless finery" is first recorded c.1600.

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