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Cheap and showy; meretricious.

[Alteration of Birmingham, England (from the counterfeit coins made there in the 17th century).]

brum′ma·gem n.


1. (Placename) an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to: Brum
2. (sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery
(sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry
[C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham]


(ˈbrʌm ə dʒəm)

1. showy but inferior and worthless.
2. a showy but inferior and worthless thing.
[1630–40; local variant of Birmingham, England; orig. in allusion to counterfeit coins produced there in the 17th century]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Brummagem - a city in central England; 2nd largest English city and an important industrial and transportation center
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Adj.1.Brummagem - cheap and showy; "a cheap Brummagem imitation"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste


Tastelessly showy:
Informal: tacky.
References in classic literature ?
A Kru boy welcomed them with beaming face and fetched them drinks upon a Brummagem tray.
I also look forward to the Brummagem magazine, full of local interest.
Well, I'll always enjoy the Mercury and Mail letters pages and look forward to Prof Carl Chinn's Brummagem every month.
I was teaching them that good old Birmingham folk-song I Can't Find Brummagem and it seemed the best way to do the tune.
That is because barring divine intervention - not a frequent occurrence just west of Brummagem however hard you pray when stuck on the M6 - the jockeys are going on strike.
But it is his method, more than his message, that mesmerizes us today: the playful rhetorical taunting and toying, the verbal showboating that strews his copy with words like lucubrations, miscible, brummagem and latitudinarianism.
But demanding that publishers replace their brummagem wares with books which embody Kunin's "high standards of excellence" would be a promising-and cost-free-way to begin.
Daniel Aaron, the author of the essay on Raintree County, for instance, forthrightly admits that the novel "is hardly the classic Ross Lockridge felt sure he had written but one of those good/bad books difficult to categorize in which the gold and the brummagem are fairly evenly mixed" (p.
The full details were published by Professor Carl Chinn in his magazine Brummagem November 2013.
The latest hoard is said to be worth zillions and the Midlands begins a bid to become an independent nation, with its own Brummagem language and laws.
The Brummagem tour takes you to the commercial heart of the city and includes the major buildings of architectural interest.