Definition of flimsy
1a : lacking in physical strength or substance flimsy silks wore a flimsy dressb : of inferior materials and workmanship flimsy construction
2 : having little worth or plausibility a flimsy excuse a movie with a flimsy plot
flimsilyplay \ˈflim-zə-lē\ adverb
flimsinessplay \ˈflim-zē-nəs\ noun
Examples of flimsy in a Sentence
a flimsy piece of material
They have only the flimsiest of evidence against him.
a movie with a flimsy plot
Recent Examples of flimsy from the Web
ABC's resurrection of the 'Battle of the Network Stars' format offers few stars, no network divisions and only the flimsiest of battles.
Say goodbye to the flimsy paper plates and Solo cups of your youth—
But his flimsy excuse for going off-camera had been exposed.
A Haines Borough Assembly recall election on Aug. 15 will be held on grounds almost as flimsy.
The former’s comic-book focus registered as a little flimsy and uncommitted—
Here is the problem: The Smart Keyboard is thin and the keys do not click well or feel as satisfying to type on as the keyboards on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air; after a long period of typing, the Smart Keyboard felt flimsy.
According to aid groups, this early intervention has caused human smugglers to become more brazen than ever – buying flimsy rafts filled with just enough gas to get passengers to the edge of Libyan waters.
Mars is half the size of Earth and home to a flimsy atmosphere, a frigid...
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Origin and Etymology of flimsy
perhaps alteration of 1film + -sy (as in tricksy)
First Known Use: circa 1702See Words from the same year
Definition of flimsy
: a lightweight paper used especially for multiple copies; also : a document printed on flimsy
FLIMSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flimsy for English Language Learners
: easily broken, torn, etc. : not strong or solid
: not likely to be true or to be believed
FLIMSY Defined for Kids
Definition of flimsy for Students
: not strong or solid a flimsy cardboard box a flimsy excuse
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