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


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

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Police reports obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive reveal just how flimsy the evidence was. oregonlive, "‘Shady’ witnesses, sloppy work undercut controversial West Linn police investigation of black Portland man, records reveal," 29 Feb. 2020 Most nonstick cookware is made from flimsy and thin aluminum or steel and will have a short life span. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Your guide to cookware finishes and how to use the pans best," 6 Nov. 2019 The evidence behind some of these medicines is flimsy, researchers acknowledged. Scientific American, "To Fight Coronavirus Outbreak, Doctors Deploy Drugs Targeting HIV, Malaria And Ebola," 13 Feb. 2020 The information has not swayed most Senate Republicans, who, before hearing arguments in the well of the chamber, had confidently concluded that the case against Trump was flimsy. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Pissing in the wind': Why not a single Republican is poised to vote to convict Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 Arizona’s record is flimsy compared to goals for and against and then compared to underlying stats results. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes odds, picks and best bets," 12 Jan. 2020 Various biographers, including Smith, have long held the evidence of serious criminal intent was flimsy and that while Porter kept haphazard records, bank mismanagement was more to blame, and he was actually punished for going on the lam. Patrick Sauer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’," 24 Dec. 2019 Meek was convicted on seven of those counts despite flimsy evidence and sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison—and the Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley has kept him on probation for 10 years. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Free Meek and the Tricky Role of Celebrity Activism," 9 Aug. 2019 In downtown Beirut, just a few blocks away from Carlos Ghosn’s multi-million dollar mansion, smoke billows out of flimsy tents set up by protestors occupying the center of the Lebanese capital. Habib Battah, Fortune, "Prodigal Son or Unwelcome Fugitive? Carlos Ghosn’s Flashy Return to Lebanon Clashes with a Country in Crisis," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The prosecutor has called for the harsh sentence despite Mr. Aksakoglu’s insistence that the charges are baseless and the evidence flimsy. New York Times, "He Observed a Protest. Now He Faces a Possible Life Sentence.," 14 Feb. 2020 Yet apart from Britain and a few countries that lived under its imperial rule, the Great British plug is spurned for flimsy, sometimes dangerous two-prong affairs. The Economist, "Charlemagne The parable of the plug," 6 Feb. 2020 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


circa 1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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28 Mar 2020

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“Flimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flimsy. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flimsy

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


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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