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

  • adj. Filled with plums.
  • adj. Smelling or tasting of plums.
  • adj. Choice; desirable: a plummy leading role; a plummy job.
  • adj. Exceedingly or affectedly mellow and rich: a plummy voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, containing, or characteristic of plums
  • adj. desirable; profitable; advantageous
  • adj. rich, mellow and carefully articulated, especially with an upper-class accent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a plum; desirable; profitable; advantageous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of plums or excellences; hence, good; desirable.

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

  • adj. very desirable
  • adj. (of a voice) affectedly mellow and rich


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The only explanation he could think of was that messages had been left on his phone by an executive's assistant, who had a voice which could be described as "plummy".

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  • "She has a voice that could only be described as plummy."

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  • "She would leave charming, joking messages ... and she had a voice that can only be described as plummy," he said.

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  • And she had a voice that can only be described as plummy, Grant testified.

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  • "She would leave charming, joking messages ... and she had a voice that can only be described as 'plummy,'" he said.

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  • He said the story was not only untrue but "bizarre" and the "penny dropped" when he realised that an assistant at a production company associated with Warner who "had a voice that can only be described as plummy" often phoned him to leave work-related messages. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • I'm guilty, often, of "plummy," but chocolate, wine, brandy, honey, and soufflés are some of the comestibles and potables I've most often heard invoked in performance reviews.

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  • It's kind of plummy at times...though I don't think that's the issue other people have with it.

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  • This beautiful high concept is mushed up with a lot of relatively standard issue faeries and goddesses and so forth, and then the actual book winds up in that kind of plummy tone that you get when everyone assures each other of the Land and its Wisdom and yadda yadda yadda, in between bouts of self-righteous posturing argumentation and life-affirming pagan sex.

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  • His enthusiasm was boundless and clearly shared by Mr Felipe "plummy" Fernández-Armesto who ended the programme comparing the constitution with a frog – warts and all.

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  • (adj): 1. full of or brimming with plums.

    2. presenting a great opportunity or opportunities, as in a position, hence desirable.

    January 6, 2009