flimsy

adjective
flim·​sy | \ ˈflim-zē How to pronounce flimsy (audio) \
flimsier; flimsiest

Definition of flimsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking in physical strength or substance flimsy silks wore a flimsy dress
b : of inferior materials and workmanship flimsy construction
2 : having little worth or plausibility a flimsy excuse a movie with a flimsy plot

flimsy

noun
plural flimsies

Definition of flimsy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from flimsy

Adjective

flimsily \ ˈflim-​zə-​lē How to pronounce flimsily (audio) \ adverb
flimsiness \ ˈflim-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce flimsiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flimsy

Synonyms: Adjective

cobwebby, filmy, frothy, gauzy, gossamer, gossamery, insubstantial, sleazy, unsubstantial

Antonyms: Adjective

sturdy, substantial

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Examples of flimsy in a Sentence

Adjective

a flimsy piece of material They have only the flimsiest of evidence against him. a movie with a flimsy plot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But skip the disposable plastic straws which are flimsy and, of course, not good for the planet. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 The conspiracy theorists chase any bit of information, no matter how flimsy, and use it to fit their preordained conclusions. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 Commercial versions can be small and flimsy, but homemade cages fashioned from livestock panels will stay strong and durable. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 The camps, in Lebanon’s north and its northeastern Bekaa Valley, were already battered earlier this week by heavy rain and snow that flooded many of the flimsy tents and destroyed what little food stocks and furnishings their occupants had. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, "Syrian Refugees Suffer as Winter Storms Devastate Lebanese Camps," 11 Jan. 2019 These baggy really flimsy pants, the Limpies… and some of the shirts were just too much. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Still Rad After All These Years: Tony Hawk Launches a Line in Paris," 19 Jan. 2019 Other recent measures included the freeing, either on bail or as a result of pardons, of political prisoners, including opposition party chief Kem Sokha, who was charged last year with treason on the basis of flimsy evidence. Sopheng Cheang, The Seattle Times, "Cambodian court gives suspended sentences to labor leaders," 11 Dec. 2018 But what eventually arrives is only the flimsiest kind of redemption. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Plus, an examination of a very flimsy polygraph submission by Dr. Ford, as well as some last-minute stall tactics by Democrats that may show them to be less confident than some would assume. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the previous film had so much more actual plot than this one that by comparison, The Crimes of Grindelwald feels extra-flimsy and empty. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie," 17 Nov. 2018 But the foundation of season 3’s plot feels flimsy. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 Sep. 2018 The government has accused lenders of knowingly extending loans to borrowers who couldn’t afford them, sometimes based on flimsy supporting documents. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Reaches $2.09 Billion Settlement Over Mortgage-Backed Securities," 1 Aug. 2018 Godinez's lawyer, Lawrence Hyman, has ridiculed the evidence in court as flimsy, noting the video didn’t even show that Godinez had a gun that night. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Reputed gang member charged in shooting of ATF agent pleads not guilty," 22 May 2018 Even by Lake County standards, the case against him was weak, since it was based almost exclusively on his flimsy, and obviously coerced, confession. New York Times, "How a Racist Sheriff Railroaded a Disabled Teenager and Got Off," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of flimsy

Adjective

circa 1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flimsy

Adjective and Noun

perhaps alteration of film entry 1 + -sy (as in tricksy)

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The first known use of flimsy was circa 1702

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flimsy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flimsy

: easily broken, torn, etc. : not strong or solid
: not likely to be true or to be believed

flimsy

adjective
flim·​sy | \ ˈflim-zē How to pronounce flimsy (audio) \
flimsier; flimsiest

Kids Definition of flimsy

: not strong or solid a flimsy cardboard box a flimsy excuse

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