flummery








noun, plural flum·mer·ies.

  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.

noun plural -meries

  1. informal meaningless flattery; nonsense
  2. mainly British a cold pudding of oatmeal, etc
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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