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flummery

[fluhm-uh-ree] /ˈflʌm ə ri/
noun, plural flummeries.
1.
oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick.
2.
fruit custard or blancmange usually thickened with cornstarch.
3.
any of various dishes made of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, etc.
4.
complete nonsense; foolish humbug.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Welsh llymru, with ending assimilated to -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for flummery

flummery

/ˈflʌmərɪ/
noun (pl) -meries
1.
(informal) meaningless flattery; nonsense
2.
(mainly Brit) a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Welsh llymru
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Word Origin and History for flummery
n.

1620s, a type of coagulated food, from Welsh llymru "sour oatmeal jelly boiled with the husks," of uncertain origin. Figurative use, of flattery, empty talk, is from 1740s.

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