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n. pl. flum·mer·ies
1. Meaningless or deceptive language; humbug.
a. Any of several soft, sweet, bland foods, such as custard.
b. A sweet gelatinous pudding made by straining boiled oatmeal or flour.
c. A soft dessert of stewed, thickened fruit, often mixed with a grain such as rice.

[Welsh llymru, soft jelly from sour oatmeal.]


n, pl -meries
1. informal meaningless flattery; nonsense
2. (Cookery) chiefly Brit a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
[C17: from Welsh llymru]


(ˈflʌm ə ri)

n., pl. -mer•ies.
1. any of various sweet puddings or custards, as a blancmange or fruit custard.
2. a gruel of oatmeal or flour boiled with water.
3. complete nonsense; foolish humbug.
[1615–25; < Welsh llymru, with ending assimilated to -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flummery - a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
pudding - any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
2.flummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
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And she pointed to the many ways that the flummery and formality of Westminster systematically pushed her and her constituents' voices to the fringes of the debate.
The Queen dispensing with much of the traditional flummery on a State occasion is easily viewed as a Palace nod and a wink to a party losing its grip.
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