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Cheap and showy; meretricious.
[Alteration of Birmingham, England (from the counterfeit coins made there in the 17th century).]
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]
brum•ma•gem(ˈbrʌm ə dʒəm)
1. showy but inferior and worthless.n.
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]
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|Noun||1.||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