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Examples of plummy in a Sentence
the wine's ripe, plummy flavors
Recent Examples of plummy from the Web
Schiff’s sense of voicing (creating a hierarchy from among simultaneous multiple musical lines) dovetailed in a gorgeously complex way with the Bösendorfer’s colors – plummy French horns in the middle register, muted trumpets above, tuba below.
The orchestra has entered the sports arena before, or at least made plummy noises at the sidelines.
Ice cream aromas abound, as with the cherry-vanilla and chocolate-mocha aromatics found in this pleasingly plump and plummy red wine.
The jelly-like eye shadow dries to a last-all-day powder, and this ever-changing shimmery hue looks plummy one moment, teal the next.
The most convincing tenor was that of Blake Friedman as Iago, whose voice has a plummy fullness and dusky hue.
The head once belonged to a 35-year old man of the 18th century, and was trasmogrified from crummy remnant to plummy crown jewel at a cost about $28 million, using 8,601 diamonds.
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Did You Know?
During the 18th century the word plum became a delectable ingredient in the English language. The word for the sweet, juicy fruit denoted such things as a fortune of 100,000 pounds, a rich person, and, by the early 19th century, anything desirable. "Plummy" blossomed in the mid-18th century with the meaning "full of plums" and had branched out as an adjective for desirable things by the century's end. By the late 19th century it was being used to describe rich, mellow voices. The sweetness of the word did eventually sour, however, when people began to use it to describe stilted or affected speech, as in "the teacher used a plummy voice when he talked to the students' parents."
PLUMMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plummy for English Language Learners
: like a plum in color, taste, or smell
of a person's voice : full and formal often in a way that sounds too proper and not natural
: wanted by many people : very good and desirable
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