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Definition of "brummagem" [brum•ma•gem]

  • Cheap and showy; meretricious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brummagem" in a sentence
  • "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?"