Definition of Brummagem in English:

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Brummagem

Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌmədʒ(ə)m/

adjective

[attributive]
1 informal Relating to Birmingham or the dialect of English spoken there.
Example sentences
  • '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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Brum|ma¦gem

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