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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.]
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n, pl -meries
1. informal meaningless flattery; nonsense
2. (Cookery) chiefly Brit a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
[C17: from Welsh llymru]
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(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]
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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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Now she clothed the naked little creature in one of Thomas `a Becket's snowy, long baby gowns, with its bright blue bows and dainty flummery of ruffles.
But her father, who is quite as opposed to such flummery as I, says that can be cured.
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"Bad, very bad; why don't you say, 'Death carries on its ravages amongst the few surviving defenders of the monarchy and the old and faithful servants of the King, whose heart bleeds under these reiterated blows?'" [Du Bruel writes rapidly.] "'Monsieur le Baron Flamet de la Billardiere died this morning of dropsy, caused by heart disease.' You see, it is just as well to show there are hearts in government offices; and you ought to slip in a little flummery about the emotions of the Royalists during the Terror,--might be useful, hey!
Like most working moms, Mina has had to make many decisions about prioritizing her time and her energy, a practice she calls "shaving off the flummery."
He was nice to The Queen (now it really would have been beyond the pale not to have been) and was clearly impressed - perhaps even a trifle daunted - by all the flummery thrown at him.
She hated life at Number Ten, and once revealed she wore laddered stockings beneath her long skirts at many Downing Street events, to express her very private contempt for what she regarded as the ludicrous pomp and flummery of these occasions.
So take heart, any republican faint hearts fretting before Saturday's Ruritanian flummery in Windsor - you are not alone.
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"I think Meghan will cope but she will find some of the flummery difficult to bear."
He spearheaded the late 18th century revolt against the decadence of rococo flummery exemplified, interestingly, by a distant cousin of David's mother, Francois Boucher.
The PML-N in the form of Prime Minister Abbasi now in London pooh-poohed all this flummery. Crisis what crisis?