Definition of plummy in US English:

plummy

adjective

  • 1Resembling a plum in taste, scent, or color.

    ‘cozy reds and plummy blues’
    • ‘Delicious plummy classic with a long velvety finish; ideal with pasta, any meat, game or cheese.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is quite full-bodied and has raspberry flavours with plummy, slightly spicy overtones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Described as medium bodied with youthful red/crimson colours and plummy fruit.’
    • ‘Medium-bodied with a soft, plummy character, Merlot may be enjoyed now or stored for later enjoyment.’
    • ‘A plummy shadow looks stunning as long as it's not too red, or you'll look ill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the palate it's a middleweight, plummy wine, and the tannins are fairly soft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Made from a classic Aussie mix of firm, blackcurranty Cabernet, plumped up by spicy Shiraz and plummy Merlot.’
    • ‘This easy going, plummy and spicy blend is nice on its own or with a variety of foods.’
    • ‘To get this look, Lori used silver shadow, a plummy cream blush and a white shimmer lip.’
    • ‘The top is a luscious, plummy red.’
    • ‘Rendered in plummy grays, the canvases seem to be a dutiful application of the classical injunction that painting should imitate poetry.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2British informal (of a person's voice) having an accent thought typical of the English upper classes.

    • ‘‘I think she is mad,’ states Broomfield, in his plummy matter-of-fact way.’
    • ‘The association's conference hall was awash with plummy accents and tweed jackets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only her plummy vowels remind you she is an Epsom girly.’
    • ‘He does the voiceover in suitably plummy tones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where I come from, I'm considered positively plummy.’
    • ‘‘Absurd,’ said a geriatric 50-year-old with a plummy accent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has an old-fashioned, classical air about her, with her rich, raspy, plummy tones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was teased by the other girls and quickly lost her Irish accent, acquiring the plummy tones she now has.’
    • ‘The ads feature plummy accents and British World War Two-era design and symbolism from the home front movement.’
    • ‘He even sounds, in Noah's ears, like a plummy civil servant.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Sooner or later plummy positions come up for grabs.’
    • ‘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.’
    excellent, very good, wonderful, marvellous, choice, best, prize, first-class
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Pronunciation

plummy

/ˈpləmi//ˈpləmē/