Counterfeit gaudy but useless sham
- cheap and showy
- a city in main England; 2nd largest English city and a significant industrial and transport center
- Counterfeit; gaudy but useless; sham.
"inexpensive and showy," 19c., from a noun, from the vulgar pronunciation of Birmingham, The united kingdomt, in mention of the articles mass-manufactured there. The word additionally recalls Birmingham's old track record of counterfeiting.
(a.) Counterfeit; gaudy but pointless; sham.