flum·​mery | \ ˈfləm-rē How to pronounce flummery (audio) , ˈflə-mə- \
plural flummeries

Definition of flummery

1a : a soft jelly or porridge made with flour or meal
b : any of several sweet desserts

Examples of flummery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sit-down buffet supper will feature menu items from the era including chicken marsala, salad, chicken fettucine, shepherd's pie, flummery and trifle. Jan Lugenbuhl, NOLA.com, "Austen lovers gear up for Literary Festival," 25 Apr. 2018 In the end, the United States wasn’t willing to fight Russia over South Ossetia, no matter how great Saakashvili’s gift for flummery. Sophie Pinkham, New Republic, "Understanding Russia’s War Stories," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of flummery

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flummery

Welsh llymru

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“Flummery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flummery. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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