flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Definition of flabby

1 : lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid
2 : weak and ineffective : feeble

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Other Words from flabby

flabbily \ ˈfla-​bə-​lē How to pronounce flabbily (audio) \ adverb
flabbiness \ ˈfla-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of flabby in a Sentence

his daughter playfully poked at his flabby belly
Recent Examples on the Web But the story there is frustratingly coy, the scenes flabby with excess time, air and heft. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Goldfinch’ review: Floundering adaptation should be a slam dunk, but its central mystery is something to be endured, rather than solved," 12 Sep. 2019 The Mets have benefited also from playing in a league that looks pretty flabby behind the elite teams like the Dodgers, Braves and Cubs. New York Times, "An Amazin’ Month for the Mets," 12 Aug. 2019 At the other end is the caricature, butt of flabby jokes, trussed in Las Vegas gaud, voice prostituted to a huge orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 2019 The tone is set by a pair of large, black-and-white photographs by John Coplans, (1920-2003), who led the Akron Art Museum in 1980, and who is known for his amiably frank, black-and-white photos of his aging, flabby, hairy body. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Transformer Station’s “I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form," 14 July 2019 Body soft and flabby, right arm and leg raised and flailing, the satyr tosses back his head in a broad grin. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019 Breads are flabby and underbaked, while an order of gulab jamun (picture syrup-swollen doughnut holes) induces sugar shock. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Bombay Velvet in Reston, fine aspirations with an uneven start," 7 June 2019 The French company had a large collection of power plants that GE would run more efficiently and a flabby global workforce that GE would slash. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 There’s a lot to recommend in both: Orléans is tighter but so light on theme as to feel impersonal, while Altiplano has enough charm to carry it through its flabbier moments, and its bag-building core still feels unique. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of flabby

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flabby

alteration of flappy

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7 Oct 2019

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The first known use of flabby was in 1694

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flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Kids Definition of flabby

: not hard and firm flabby arms

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness noun


flab·​by | \ ˈflab-ē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Medical Definition of flabby

: lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness \ ˈflab-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

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something of little or no value

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