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- Of, pertaining to, containing, or characteristic of plums
- (informal) desirable; profitable; advantageous
- 1876, George Eliot, chapter 16, in Daniel Deronda:
- The poets have made tragedies enough about signing one's self over to wickedness for the sake of getting something plummy; I shall write a tragedy of a fellow who signed himself over to be good, and was uncomfortable ever after.
- (of a voice) rich, mellow and carefully articulated, especially with an upper-class accent
- 1948, Michael Glenne, Catherine Howard: The Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen, page 137:
- Then, feeling the fat hands caressing her reluctant bosom, listening dutifully to the rich, plummy voice, she realized finally what marriage to the King meant.
- 1968, Harry John Mooney, Thomas F. Staley, The Shapeless God: Essays on Modern Fiction, page 85:
- Ludovic's deferential voice ("after what's happened, Sir, don't you think it will be more suitable") suddenly turns from its plummy to the plebeian key ("to shut your bloody trap").
- 2018 October 26, Ellen Barry and Amie Tsang, “London’s King of Retail Fashion, Brought Low by #MeToo”, in New York Times:
- But a plummy-voiced Labour peer, Baron Peter Hain, decided to defy the court order, invoking his parliamentary privilege to identify Mr. Green as the subject of the newspaper’s investigation.