Definition of plummy in English:

plummy

adjective

  • 1Resembling a plum.

    ‘cosy reds and plummy blues’
    • ‘Made from a classic Aussie mix of firm, blackcurranty Cabernet, plumped up by spicy Shiraz and plummy Merlot.’
    • ‘Delicious plummy classic with a long velvety finish; ideal with pasta, any meat, game or cheese.’
    • ‘Described as medium bodied with youthful red/crimson colours and plummy fruit.’
    • ‘This easy going, plummy and spicy blend is nice on its own or with a variety of foods.’
    • ‘Good, young red Rioja like this, made exclusively from the Tempranillo grape, can and does deliver a joyous light, zesty, plummy, intriguingly chocolatey mouthful.’
    • ‘This is a delicious, rich, plummy wine, with ripe brambles on the palate and soft tannins.’
    • ‘To get this look, Lori used silver shadow, a plummy cream blush and a white shimmer lip.’
    • ‘This smashing red will not hang around for long either, so if you fancy a gamey, rustic, plummy wine with a seductive, spicy, perfumed finish, move fast.’
    • ‘Medium-bodied with a soft, plummy character, Merlot may be enjoyed now or stored for later enjoyment.’
    • ‘The top is a luscious, plummy red.’
    • ‘A plummy shadow looks stunning as long as it's not too red, or you'll look ill.’
    • ‘This is the best-selling Australian red wine in the United States, and no wonder - soft and thick on the palate and packed with plummy fruit flavors.’
    • ‘Finally, here are two juicy Spanish reds that do the same food-suitable job as the Italians, but with the extra plummy dollops of fruit you would expect from the Tempranillo grape.’
    • ‘On the palate it's a middleweight, plummy wine, and the tannins are fairly soft.’
    • ‘It is quite full-bodied and has raspberry flavours with plummy, slightly spicy overtones.’
    • ‘If you've only time for lipstick, opt for a sheer pink for porcelain complexions and plummy or medium-red for darker skins, otherwise you'll look haggard, not hot.’
    • ‘Organic wines are not as prevalent in supermarkets as they should be, so this ripe, spicy, plummy red, with its gentle pepper-and-creosote rhône fruit makes a welcome new addition to summer swigging.’
    • ‘Rendered in plummy grays, the canvases seem to be a dutiful application of the classical injunction that painting should imitate poetry.’
    • ‘It is a very rich, plummy, spicy grape which lends softness to the sometimes rather serious Cabernet with plums, roses, spice, fruitcake, blackcurrant, pencil shavings.’
    • ‘We chose a Shiraz wine from Australia, which was just £12, but was thick and plummy, perfect for a wet and windy winter's night.’
  • 2British informal (of a person's voice) having an accent thought typical of the English upper classes.

    ‘a plummy voice rich with haughty disdain’
    • ‘It actually struck me on starting this second reading that it is actually a bit plummy but I am sure that is deliberate in order to contrast the up-tight Englishman with the abandoned behaviour of his Danish Lover.’
    • ‘She has an old-fashioned, classical air about her, with her rich, raspy, plummy tones.’
    • ‘‘Absurd,’ said a geriatric 50-year-old with a plummy accent.’
    • ‘The programme was on about 10.00 am, maybe 10.30-the presenter was discussing the programme as well as including clips of the plummy BBC presenter explaining the fairy tale from when it was first broadcast.’
    • ‘Only her plummy vowels remind you she is an Epsom girly.’
    • ‘She was teased by the other girls and quickly lost her Irish accent, acquiring the plummy tones she now has.’
    • ‘He was forty-seven but he acted like he was seventy-four, and his voice was so plummy River had always wondered if he was putting it on.’
    • ‘The association's conference hall was awash with plummy accents and tweed jackets.’
    • ‘He does the voiceover in suitably plummy tones.’
    • ‘He is seen in the film apologising in his plummy tones to the man and, ironically, it is this stiff upper lip that sees him through some sticky patches.’
    • ‘‘I think she is mad,’ states Broomfield, in his plummy matter-of-fact way.’
    • ‘By now, her style was set and her rather off key notes and plummy pronunciation of the lyrics interspersed with gasps and giggles made her interpretations unique.’
    • ‘His plummy accent, polite demeanour and sartorial elegance remind one of an era when business was conducted at gentlemen's clubs over cigars and port.’
    • ‘The ads feature plummy accents and British World War Two-era design and symbolism from the home front movement.’
    • ‘Where I come from, I'm considered positively plummy.’
    • ‘He even sounds, in Noah's ears, like a plummy civil servant.’
    • ‘Filmed in only one take at Chicken Inferno 2004, this work is definitely worth five minutes of your time, if only to hear our friend, Jay's plummy dialogue.’
    upper-class, refined, aristocratic, affected, home counties, fruity, grand
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  • 3British informal Choice; highly desirable.

    ‘there are some plummy roles for the taking here’
    • ‘Merlot has also been popular over Italy's north eastern border in Slovenia and all down the Dalmatian coast, where it can be attractively plummy when yields are restricted.’
    • ‘Sooner or later plummy positions come up for grabs.’
    excellent, very good, wonderful, marvellous, choice, best, prize, first-class
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Pronunciation

plummy

/ˈplʌmi/