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[truhm-puh-ree] /ˈtrʌm pə ri/
noun, plural trumperies.
something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
nonsense; twaddle:
His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
Archaic. worthless finery.
of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.
Origin of trumpery
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp(er) to deceive + -erie -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Locksley, have none of this trumpery prize," cried he, in loud anger.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • But I might have known that she could not, all at once, wean herself from the trumpery.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The trumpery thing had seemed a sign to them, and now the sign was broken.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • Some of them were not trumpery; they were as big as the heavens and the sea.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It is a necklace and some other trumpery I had sent for to "Le Roux."

  • Who would present a diamond as big as a walnut with a trumpery puzzle?

  • We had expected a great show of regalia and the other trumpery of court display about the Commandant-General.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • I wonder—— But I suppose Floyd will save the rest of his 'trumpery' for her!

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I can see the meaning of that, even when the obligation itself is trumpery in its nature.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
  • I can't think how she came to be satisfied with a trumpery Irish one.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for trumpery


noun (pl) -eries
foolish talk or actions
a useless or worthless article; trinket
useless or worthless
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat
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Word Origin and History for trumpery

mid-15c., "deceit, trickery," from Middle French tromperie (14c.), from tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin. Spelling influenced by trump (v.). Meaning "showy but worthless finery" is first recorded c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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