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[flim-zee] /ˈflɪm zi/
adjective, flimsier, flimsiest.
without material strength or solidity:
a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.
weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing:
a flimsy excuse.
noun, plural flimsies.
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.
a copy of a report or dispatch on such paper.
Origin of flimsy
1695-1705; flim- (perhaps metathetic variant of film) + -sy
Related forms
flimsily, adverb
flimsiness, noun
1. shoddy, weak, unstable, unsteady. 2. unconvincing, lame, vague.
1. sturdy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flimsy
  • Included carrying case is basically a thin, flimsy sheath not suitable for transporting anything of value.
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  • The removable plastic backing that protects the phone's innards is thin and flimsy.
  • The thin membrane beneath the keys is flimsy and deforms as you type.
  • My only major complaint was that the remote was thin and felt flimsy.
  • Strong words for someone whose flimsy camp was in easy range of naval guns.
  • Thin, flimsy pieces tend to get caught in mail processing equipment.
  • Training shoes with heavy, cushioned soles and arch supports are preferable to flimsy sneakers and light racing flats.
  • Her flimsy means and dour thoughts create a mood both bleak and humorous.
  • The scientists say that's a big exaggeration resting on flimsy definitions.
British Dictionary definitions for flimsy


adjective -sier, -siest
not strong or substantial; fragile: a flimsy building
light and thin: a flimsy dress
unconvincing or inadequate; weak: a flimsy excuse
thin paper used for making carbon copies of a letter, etc
a copy made on such paper
a slang word for banknote
Derived Forms
flimsily, adverb
flimsiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flimsy

1702, of unknown origin, perhaps a metathesis of film (n.) "gauzy covering" + -y (2). Related: Flimsily; flimsiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flimsy



A copy of a bill, artwork, etc, on thin paper (1857+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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