American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Cheap and showy; meretricious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Showy but worthless; fictitious; sham. [Slang or colloq.]
- n. A piece of brummagem ware; hence, an imitation; sham.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Slang Counterfeit; gaudy but worthless; sham.
- adj. cheap and showy
- n. a city in central England; 2nd largest English city and an important industrial and transportation center
- From Birmingham, England where cheap manufactured goods used to be produced. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Birmingham , England (from the counterfeit coins made there in the 17th century). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“These picturesque rooms often contained "good finds" of the old Spanish furniture, and brass; but as a rule the dealers had long since bought up all the old things, replacing them by "brummagem," -- modern articles shining with cheap varnish.”
“In the laboratory there are no fustian ranks, no brummagem aristocracies, wrote Twain, putting it a bit more elegantly.”
“The brummagem politician ... oh, wait ... that would be redundant, wouldn't it?”
“They name these brummagem cabarets after Pullman cars.”
“It was one of the type known as “tourist” cars, a sort of brummagem”
“Twenty-seventh Street toward the river, near which he could just see a single patch of vivid green trees that guaranteed the brummagem umbrageousness of Riverside Drive.”
“You find yourself scrutinizing famous romances for the sudden slip that bares the brummagem nature of it all.”
“All of our cities are full of brummagem aristocrats -- aristocrats, at all events, in the view of their neighbours -- whose grandfathers, or even fathers, were day labourers; and working for them, supported by them, heavily patronized by them, are clerks whose grandfathers were lords of the soil.”
“To-day one must put him where he has begun to put himself - not among the literary artists of English, but among the brummagem prophets of England.”
“The things of capital importance are habitually discussed, not by men soberly trying to get at the truth about them, but by brummagem Great Thinkers trying only to get kudos of them.”
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