brummagem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Birmingham, England where cheap manufactured goods used to be produced.

Adjective[edit]

brummagem (not comparable)

  1. Cheap and showy; meretricious.
    • 1893, Graham Everitt, English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century, page 175:
      The unhappy man (who had cheated the sailors), innocent of danger, is seated on a grating with his combs, spy-glasses, necklaces, ribbons, and all the rest of his "Brummagem" trumpery, spread out before him.
    • 1999, Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room:
      "My, my, my, my, my," said a voice from behind them, and the Baudelaire orphans turned to find Stephano standing there,...a look of brummagem surprise on his face. "Brummagem" is such a rare word for "fake" that even Klaus didn't know what it meant, but the children did not have to be told that Stephano was pretending to be surprised.
    • 1999, Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room:
      " He stomped over to where Mr. Poe was standing, but halfway there the children saw his face change from one of pure rage to one of brummagem confusion and sadness.