flum·​mery ˈfləm-rē How to pronounce flummery (audio)
plural flummeries
: a soft jelly or porridge made with flour or meal
: any of several sweet desserts

Examples of flummery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all its flummery, the coronation represents less the genuine grandeur and might that once undergirded the British monarchy, and more the obscure anachronisms that help the monarchy endear itself to a 21st century public. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 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, 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, 26 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Welsh llymru

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flummery was in 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Flummery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flummery. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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