flummery

  • 1 Flummery — (from Gerzensee) Flummery is a sweet soft pudding that is made from stewed fruit and thickened with cornstarch. Traditional British flummeries were, like porridge, often oatmeal based and cooked to achieve a smooth and gelatinous texture; sugar… …

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  • 2 Flummery — Flum mer*y, n. [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.] 1. A light kind of food, formerly made of flour or meal; a sort of pap.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 flummery — 1620s, a type of coagulated food, from Welsh llymru sour oatmeal jelly boiled with the husks, of uncertain origin. Figurative use, of flattery, empty talk, is from 1740s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 flummery — ► NOUN (pl. flummeries) 1) empty talk or compliments. 2) a sweet dish made with beaten eggs and sugar. ORIGIN Welsh llymru …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 flummery — [flum′ər ē] n. pl. flummeries [Welsh llymru, soured oatmeal < llymus, of a sharp quality] 1. any soft, easily eaten food; esp., a) Historical thick, boiled oatmeal or flour b) a soft custard or blancmange 2. meaningless flattery or silly talk …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 flummery — Sowens Sow ens (? or ?), n. pl. [Scottish; cf. AS. se[ a]w juice, glue, paste.] A nutritious article of food, much used in Scotland, made from the husk of the oat by a process not unlike that by which common starch is made; called {flummery} in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 flummery — noun (plural meries) Etymology: Welsh llymru Date: 1623 1. a. a soft jelly or porridge made with flour or meal b. any of several sweet desserts 2. mummery, mumbo jumbo …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 flummery — /flum euh ree/, n., pl. flummeries. 1. oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick. 2. fruit custard or blancmange usually thickened with cornstarch. 3. any of various dishes made of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc. 4. complete nonsense; foolish …

    Universalium

  • 9 flummery — 1. noun a) A custard; any of several bland, gelatinous foodstuffs, usually made from stewed fruit and thickened with oatmeal, cornstarch or flour b) empty or meaningless talk 2. interjection an expression of contemptuous …

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  • 10 flummery — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, amphigory, babble, babblement, balderdash, bibble babble, blabber, blather, bombast, claptrap, double talk, drivel, drool, fiddle faddle, fiddledeedee, folderol, fudge, fustian, gabble, galimatias, gammon,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 11 flummery — flum·mer·y || flÊŒmÉ™rɪ n. any of a number of boiled bland foods (i.e. porridge, custard, pudding); empty compliments, flattery, nonsense …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 flummery — [ flʌm(ə)ri] noun (plural flummeries) 1》 empty compliments; nonsense. 2》 a sweet dish made with beaten eggs and sugar. Origin C17: from Welsh llymru; perh. related to llymrig soft, slippery …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 flummery — n. 1. Sowens, sowins or sowans, porridge (made of the dust of oatmeal). 2. Trash, frivolity, chaff, moonshine, trifling, froth, frippery, empty nonsense. 3. Flattery, adulation, blandishment, blarney, empty compliment …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 flummery — n 1. oatmeal, gruel, U.S. mush, hot cereal, Chiefly Brit. porridge, farina; fruit custard, blancmange, white pudding. 2. nonsense, moonshine, gobbledegook; foolish humbug, bunkum or buncombe, Sl. bunk, U.S. Sl. blah; balderdash, Inf. hokum, Sl.… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 15 flummery — flum·mery …

    English syllables

  • 16 flummery — flum•mer•y [[t]ˈflʌm ə ri[/t]] n. pl. mer•ies 1) coo any of various sweet puddings or custards, as a blancmange or fruit custard 2) coo a gruel of oatmeal or flour boiled with water 3) complete nonsense; foolish humbug • Etymology: 1615–25; <… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 flummery — /ˈflʌməri/ (say flumuhree) noun (plural flummeries) 1. a fruit flavoured jelly mixture, sometimes thickened with flour, beaten until fluffy and allowed to set. 2. a soft jelly made by boiling oatmeal or flour with water, straining and allowing to …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 flummery — n. (pl. ies) 1 empty compliments; trifles; nonsense. 2 a sweet dish made with beaten eggs, sugar, etc. Etymology: Welsh llymru, of unkn. orig …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 Wurzel-Flummery — is a play by A. A. Milne, which was performed for the first time in 1917, in London. It was the first play Milne wrote. He originally wrote it in three acts, but when he got a good offer for a production if he cut it down to a two act play, he… …

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  • 20 Scotch Flummery — a kind of steamed custard …

    Scottish slang