Meaning of Brummie in English:


(also Brummy)

Pronunciation /?br?mi/


informal British
  • A person from the English city of Birmingham.

    • ‘More than half of the playing fields were sold off for executive-detached style homes as the native Brummies moved south.’
    • ‘The BNP were expected to hold a meeting in Birmingham but after Brummies planned to stage a demonstration, the BNP backed off.’
    • ‘Thanks to Rob Manuel of B3ta fame who says: ‘Of course, what they need is a nice uplifting song that makes Brummies feel good about their city rather than just a new logo.’’
    • ‘Thousands of Brummies, desperate to escape the inner city, made their home in Tamworth during the 1960s.’
    • ‘Something in the morning paper has reminded him of his brush with the Brummies from 1986-1988, a throwaway mention of Graham Turner, then manager of Villa, who persuaded him to leave Aberdeen and try his luck in England.’
    • ‘But in the meantime, look forward to Americans and others posting pictures of Jasper Carrott up on websites and declaring in silly voices: ‘We're all Brummies now!’’
    • ‘I have more than a passing fondness for Brummies because I used to live there and frankly, not only are they all uncharacteristically good-looking, but they seem like a right laugh too.’
    • ‘And there were winning bows for Lee McAllister of Aberdeen and David McIntyre of Paisley, who beat Brummies Baz Carey and Andrew Robinson.’
    • ‘And just for the record, most Brummies do not talk like Noddy Holder from Sloide; that's a Black Country accent.’
    • ‘And we also made friends with a couple of colourful biker Brummies who were up in Edinburgh on holiday - one of which was a tattoo artist.’
    • ‘Their success is resented, Gianluca Vialli said last week, and the country's neutrals would side with the Brummies at the final.’
    • ‘Another beautiful summers day, we had lunch on the street, all European-like, and watched the beautiful Brummies go by.’
    • ‘Apparently the Brummies always make a point of visiting the local football ground on their many and varied travels.’
    • ‘I got really angry when, ten overs before the end of the match, the Brummies decided that they had lost and all went home.’
    • ‘Instead of fleeing to the suburbs in the evening, Brummies are starting to move the other way.’
    • ‘They had to fight all the way to the final whistle and resist a physical comeback by the Brummies, but director of rugby Ian Geary said: ‘I am absolutely delighted.’’
    • ‘For all anyone could have known we could have been four fat, balding Brummies with one song, but people turned up to the gig completely blind.’
    • ‘We chose the name Rotunda ‘cos we're proud to be Brummies and wanted something to signify our roots and our identity.’
    • ‘Labour will win the election, despite punch-ups and irate Brummies outside hospitals, but they will not win it with any really clear policy on taxation.’
    • ‘I still see a relegation battle for the Brummies.’


  • 1British From or relating to Birmingham.

    • ‘a Brummie accent’
    • ‘Similar characters, complete with Brummie accents, entertained us in a slightly bizarre and surreal ‘interactive family show’ called Cadbury Land.’
    • ‘I have to say it was an interesting conversation with his German accent and my Brummie tones!’
    • ‘It is shot from the perspective of little Meena, caught in a cross-cultural whirlwind between the small town where she is growing up and the source of her thick Brummie accent, and her Indian roots, of which she is wholly ignorant.’
    • ‘And now she's discarding Punjabi and throwing on Brummy tones.’
    • ‘It's a would-be grossout comedy, starring Mackenzie Crook and Johnny Vegas as a couple of Brummie blokes on the pull.’
    • ‘Passing close to Birmingham today, I'm amazed at the sudden change into Brummie drawl.’
    • ‘It's the anniversary of Albert Einstein's birth in 1879 and the 58th birthday of Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott.’
    • ‘For starters, their offspring already speak the local - virtually indecipherable - Brummie argot.’
    • ‘The Preston middleweight faces another Brummie journeyman, William Webster, who has won once in 20 fights.’
    • ‘She was a major attraction in Educating Archie and on stage in the character of Marlene, a Birmingham girl with an exaggerated Brummie twang.’
    • ‘The unwieldy narrative imposed on the Brummie auteur Mike Skinner's second album of fascinatingly mundane rapping and downbeat dance music smothered it somewhat, but this remains Britain's best new act.’
    • ‘I thought it might have been that he was 2nd generation Jamaican, but listening closely the Brummie twang was overpowering any residual patois from his parents.’
    • ‘The latter is the warm-hearted Brummie lass who speaks from the heart.’
    • ‘Then there is the Brummie twang of the landlord of the pub where Graham stays when recording the radio soap.’
    • ‘Analysis Microsoft and Sendo have brought an end to a legal war that looked like it could bankrupt the Brummie start-up phone maker.’
    • ‘A keen golfer, the Brummie star has got his own desk in the media centre to cover the competition for Golf Monthly magazine.’
    • ‘They've managed to stamp Hip hop, a recent addition to the Brummie repertoire, firmly on the rap map.’
    • ‘It renews a long-standing love affair between the cable channel and the Brummie lecturer.’
    • ‘The programme focuses on two friends - one a native of Tamworth, the other, a Brummie migrant, and how they are working towards the same ends.’
    • ‘Some authorities say that it too was a Brummy cultural export.’
  • 2

    (also brummy)
    Australian, New Zealand Counterfeit, showy, or cheaply made.

    • ‘brummy jewels’


Early 19th century from Brum.