brummagem [ bruhm-uh-juhm ]
1. showy but inferior and worthless.
2. a showy but inferior and worthless thing.
WORDS RELATED TO BRUMMAGEM
tinsel, cheap, chintzy, flashy, garish, glaring, loud, meretricious, showy, tacky, tawdry, glitzy
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Origin: First recorded in 1630–40; local variant of Birmingham, England (compare Bromwichham, Bromecham (17th century), Middle English Burmingeham ); originally in allusion to counterfeit coins produced there in the 17th century
HOW TO USE BRUMMAGEM IN A SENTENCE
This of course must be laid to the credit of the local supporters of "the noble art of self-defence," the Brummagem bruisers.
SHOWELL'S DICTIONARY OF BIRMINGHAM|THOMAS T. HARMAN AND WALTER SHOWELL
As soon as his baggage had been taken to the public hall, Roebelin got out beads, wire, and Brummagem jewellery.
THE WOODLANDS ORCHIDS|FREDERICK BOYLE
But a mere Brummagem article that won't stand wear is quite valueless in their eyes.
LIFE OF JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON|CHARLOTTE M. YONGE
A Kru boy welcomed them with beaming face and fetched them drinks upon a Brummagem tray.
A MILLIONAIRE OF YESTERDAY|E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
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