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flummery Line breaks: flum|mery
Pronunciation: /ˈflʌm(ə)ri/

Definition of flummery in English:

noun (plural flummeries)

[mass noun]
1Meaningless or insincere flattery or conventions: she hated the flummery of public relations
More example sentences
  • No amount of folderol, flummery or flattery makes it easier to swallow.
  • All this flummery was, as we all know, meaningless.
  • It's a fairly meaningless, if archaic piece of self-indulgent flummery in most parts of Australia.
2A sweet dish made with beaten eggs, milk, sugar, and flavourings.
Example sentences
  • Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a medium round tip and fill each chocolate teardrop with flummery batter.


Early 17th century (denoting a dish made with oatmeal or wheatmeal boiled to a jelly): from Welsh llymru; perhaps related to llymrig 'soft, slippery'.

  • corgi from [1920s]:

    Not many English words derive from Welsh, but corgi is one of them, literally ‘a dwarf dog’, from Welsh cor ‘dwarf’ and ci ‘dog’. Others include coracle (mid 16th century), flummery (early 17th century) originally in the food sense from Welsh llymru, flannel (probably), and penguin.

Words that rhyme with flummery

Montgomery, mummery, summary, summery
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