adjective \ˈflim-zē\

: easily broken, torn, etc. : not strong or solid

: not likely to be true or to be believed


Full Definition of FLIMSY

a :  lacking in physical strength or substance <flimsy silks>
b :  of inferior materials and workmanship
:  having little worth or plausibility <a flimsy excuse>
flim·si·ly \-zə-lē\ adverb
flim·si·ness \-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of FLIMSY

  1. a flimsy piece of material
  2. They have only the flimsiest of evidence against him.
  3. a movie with a flimsy plot

Origin of FLIMSY

perhaps alteration of 1film + -sy (as in tricksy)
First Known Use: circa 1702

Rhymes with FLIMSY


plural flim·sies

Definition of FLIMSY

chiefly British
:  a lightweight paper used especially for multiple copies; also :  a document printed on flimsy

First Known Use of FLIMSY



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