Definition of Brummagem in English:


Line breaks: Brum|ma¦gem
Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌmədʒ(ə)m


  • 1 informal Relating to Birmingham or the dialect of English spoken there.
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    • 'Proper Brummie: A Dictionary of Birmingham Words and Phrases', compiled by Steve Thorne and Carl Chinn, represents the first serious attempt to comprehensively document the Brummagem dialect.
    • The dropped "h" and the excessive conjunctions of Brummagem dialect clash with the conventional prose of Richard's speech.
  • 2 dated Cheap, showy, or counterfeit: a vile Brummagem substitute for the genuine article
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    • We see it as a Brummagem display (hence the ‘tramp stamp’ moniker) and it usually inspires thoughts we cannot air in polite company.
    • Yes you, with your Brummagem display of sardonicism!
    • They suffer all the Brummagem sentiments emanating therefrom, and return confirmed in the belief that they have tasted the culture of Einstein and Beethoven.


mid 17th century: dialect form of Birmingham, England; sense 2 is with reference to counterfeit coins and cheap plated goods once made there.

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