flummery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flummery meaningless ceremonies and flattery
    • n flummery a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flummery A light kind of food, formerly made of flour or meal; a sort of pap. "Milk and flummery are very fit for children."
    • Flummery Something insipid, or not worth having; empty compliment; trash; unsubstantial talk of writing. "The flummery of modern criticism."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flummery A sort of jelly made of flour or meal; pap.
    • n flummery In modern cookery, a name given to various light preparations of milk and flour with white of eggs, sweetened and flavored, and served with cream as a dessert.
    • n flummery A refuse product of wheaten starch manufactures.
    • n flummery Mere nonsense; mere flattery; empty compliment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flummery flum′ėr-i an acid jelly made from the husks of oats: the Scotch sowens: anything insipid: empty compliment.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. llumru, or llumruwd, a kind of food made of oatmeal steeped in water until it has turned sour, fr. llumrig, harsh, raw, crude, fr. llum, sharp, severe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
W. llymrullymrig, harsh, raw—llym, sharp, severe.

Usage

In literature:

He turns out to be a cousin of the Flummerys.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 11, 1914" by Various
Put plenty of bitter almonds into some stiff flummery, and make it of a pale green with spinach juice.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Three ounces of sweet almonds, and one of apricot or peach kernels, make ratafia flummery.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
My husband, Mr. Vibert, believes in altruism, self-sacrifice and all the old-fashioned flummery of outworn creeds.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Althorp wrote him a very flummery letter, and he accepted.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Nay, no need for you to blush, for I am not going to gush There are plenty who'll indulge in fuss and flummery.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, May 3, 1890." by Various
What is all this here flummery for?
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
He knows what he wants, and I know what I want, and no flummery.
"Strangers and Wayfarers" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Let no man, nor woman either, consider these observations flummery or verbiage.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
No flummery, that leaves a man tired and hungry when he leaves the table.
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
Mr. Flummery, thinking he is the popular preacher.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
A curtain or some such flummery is blazing.
"An Amateur Fireman" by James Otis
How can we discuss a name like Wurzel-Flummery seriously?
"One-Act Plays" by Various
Only the witch-doctors could visit him, and their visits were official and hedged about with much flummery and hocus-pocus.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
Very, very many things he condemned as flummery and sickly waste of time.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Away with such insulting mockery, such blasphemous flummery!
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
Let me have the full particulars, and don't try on flummery.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
You won't be likely to sell anything; nothing much sells the first night, and I hain't no nonsense and flummery.
"Kathie's Soldiers" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Then came his dish of flummery.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould
Mr. Flummery, however, looked unhappy, and remained silent and irresolute.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 3." by Samuel Warren
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