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Monday, January 23, 2012


\SLIM-zee\ , adjective;
Flimsy; frail.
"Nice girl . . ." he mused, "but sort of thin and slimsy and delicate, not robust and hearty like the kind of girl you ought to have on a farm."
-- Bess Streeter Aldrich, A White Flying Bird
The coat was a slimsy bit of dark silk, with a glister in it; and the hat was the thinnest straw, the brim curling a little in the wind.
-- Max Brand, Storm on the Range
Slimsy is an Americanism that came into common use in the 1830s and early 1840s. It is a combination of slim and flimsy.
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