Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mere nonsense; mere flattery; empty compliment.
  • noun A sort of jelly made of flour or meal; pap.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A refuse product of wheaten starch manufactures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Welsh llymru, soft jelly from sour oatmeal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Welsh llymru, a jelly derived from oatmeal

Examples

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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