Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Meaningless or deceptive language; humbug.
  • n. Any of several soft, sweet, bland foods, such as custard.
  • n. A sweet gelatinous pudding made by straining boiled oatmeal or flour.
  • n. A soft dessert of stewed, thickened fruit, often mixed with a grain such as rice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A custard; any of several bland, gelatinous foodstuffs, usually made from stewed fruit and thickened with oatmeal, cornstarch or flour
  • n. empty or meaningless talk
  • n. deceptive or blustering speech; bullshit
  • interj. an expression of contemptuous disbelief

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light kind of food, formerly made of flour or meal; a sort of pap.
  • n. Something insipid, or not worth having; empty compliment; trash; unsubstantial talk of writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of jelly made of flour or meal; pap.
  • n. In modern cookery, a name given to various light preparations of milk and flour with white of eggs, sweetened and flavored, and served with cream as a dessert.
  • n. A refuse product of wheaten starch manufactures.
  • n. Mere nonsense; mere flattery; empty compliment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
  • n. meaningless ceremonies and flattery

Etymologies

Welsh llymru, soft jelly from sour oatmeal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Welsh llymru, a jelly derived from oatmeal (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dutch flummery is made by boiling two ounces of isinglass in three half-pints of water very gently for half an hour.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • Rice flummery, which is a very nice side dish, is made by mixing a quarter of a pound of ground rice with a little cold milk, and then adding a pint of new milk which has been boiled, with a stick of cinnamon and a bit of lemon-peel; flavour it with sugar and a teaspoonful of peach-water.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • Sylvia's position and outlook from this level then, I thrust my way through what I impatiently dismissed as the "flummery"; by which I meant the poetry, the picturesqueness, the sacrosanct glamour surrounding his

    The Message

  • Forsytes singularly free of "flummery," as Nicholas had been wont to call it when he had the gout.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • The time had come when the Forsytes might resign their natural resentment against a "flummery" not theirs by birth, and accept it as the still more natural due of their possessive instincts.

    The Forsyte Saga - Complete

  • Now have I not given you a fine feast of homage, -- "flummery" Mr. Hawthorne calls it?

    Memories of Hawthorne

  • "flummery" not theirs by birth, and accept it as the still more natural due of their possessive instincts.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • a little better than any other because it was their world, had kept the old Forsytes singularly free of "flummery," as Nicholas had been wont to call it when he had the gout.

    The Forsyte Saga - Complete

  • Meanwhile, he goes out with panache and his usual ability to see through flummery.

    Exit Music by Ian Rankin: Book summary

  • Sullen countermodernity images the academic as the snide sophistic Last Man, pathetically, defensively retreated into what – all good sense knows – is pseudo-intellectual flummery.

    Critique From HereNow

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  • ~ empty talk or compliments.
    ~ sweet dish made with beaten eggs and sugar.
    ~ a soft jelly or porridge made with flour or meal.
    ~also, mummery, mumbo jumbo

    — ORIGIN Welsh llymru.

    January 19, 2009