flimsinesses

flimsy

[flim-zee]
adjective, flimsier, flimsiest.
1.
without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.
2.
weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing: a flimsy excuse.
noun, plural flimsies.
3.
a thin kind of paper, especially for use in making several copies at a time of an article, telegraphic dispatch, or the like, as in newspaper work.
4.
a copy of a report or dispatch on such paper.

Origin:
1695–1705; flim- (perhaps metathetic variant of film) + -sy

flimsily, adverb
flimsiness, noun


1. shoddy, weak, unstable, unsteady. 2. unconvincing, lame, vague.


1. sturdy.
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flimsy (ˈflɪmzɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
1.  not strong or substantial; fragile: a flimsy building
2.  light and thin: a flimsy dress
3.  unconvincing or inadequate; weak: a flimsy excuse
 
n
4.  thin paper used for making carbon copies of a letter, etc
5.  a copy made on such paper
6.  a slang word for banknote
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]
 
'flimsily
 
adv
 
'flimsiness
 
n

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flimsy
1702, perhaps a metathesis of film "gauzy covering."
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