Definition of flummery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈflʌm(ə)ri

noun (plural flummeries)

[mass noun]
  • 1Meaningless or insincere flattery or conventions: she hated the flummery of public relations
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    • 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, sugar, and flavourings.
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    • 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'.

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