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flimsy

[flim-zee] /ˈflɪm zi/
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 of flimsy
1695-1705
1695-1705; flim- (perhaps metathetic variant of film) + -sy
Related forms
flimsily, adverb
flimsiness, noun
Synonyms
1. shoddy, weak, unstable, unsteady. 2. unconvincing, lame, vague.
Antonyms
1. sturdy.
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  • The walls of the hut were made of a network of palm leaves and so flimsy that the beast could have burst through at a bound.

  • He passed through, and the flimsy covering fell to behind him.

  • He had more than once smiled bitterly to himself at the consciousness of the flimsy bulwark; but he found it invaluable.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice Helen Hunt Jackson
  • But the folding of the flimsy batch on his knee was executed with thoughtful nicety.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • But he had no confidence in the flimsy birch bark; so he got out his jackknife and bade Billy get out his.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for flimsy

flimsy

/ˈflɪmzɪ/
adjective -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
noun
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
Derived Forms
flimsily, adverb
flimsiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flimsy
adj.

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

flimsy

noun

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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