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flim·​sy ˈflim-zē How to pronounce flimsy (audio)
flimsier; flimsiest
: lacking in physical strength or substance
flimsy silks
wore a flimsy dress
: of inferior materials and workmanship
flimsy construction
: having little worth or plausibility
a flimsy excuse
a movie with a flimsy plot
flimsily adverb
flimsiness noun


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The justification for this abrupt policy reversal is flimsy at best. Ed Brzytwa, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2024 Oftentimes slides are pretty flimsy and don’t provide enough support, but Chaco is celebrated as a brand that makes slides designed for rough-and-tumble activities. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 Garland’s violent fantasy is too flimsy to be a cautionary tale. Armond White, National Review, 12 Apr. 2024 Makeshift tents constructed with large wooden poles covered in plastic sheeting are too flimsy to withstand winter weather. Mohammad Al Sawalhi, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Here, a bit more willing suspension of disbelief is required, particularly for a scene where Tom dons a flimsy disguise to speak with someone who has met him several times and should recognize him, regardless. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 It’s made from a French Terry knit that has the perfect combination of comfort and heft—not too stiff, not too flimsy, but just right. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Mar. 2024 According to the brand, the pre-seasoned coating is just oil that’s been baked into the skillet — unlike other nonstick pans that use toxic chemicals or flimsy coatings to achieve the same effect. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 Monica's defense attorneys have challenged this testimony as flimsy and misinterpreted, insisting the prosecutor has not established that divorce troubled Monica. Greg Fisher, CBS News, 14 Mar. 2024
Over the course of the story, John’s mother, Lucille, condemns him over flimsy-at-best evidence, and John’s father, Dan, physically beats him while arguing over the truthfulness of the Bible. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Few party regulars care to talk about the flimsy to nonexistent ethics that guide their fundraising. Michael Sokolove, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2022 The Reform’s build quality is an odd mix of flimsy and tank-like. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 All of their products, the flimsy and the more substantial, seemed to float by at various levels. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2021 That’s a lot of money for a toaster, and especially a toaster that looks this flimsy. Erik Kain, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Defense lawyers have criticized evidence against the father and son as flimsy and based on hearsay and speculation. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 23 Apr. 2021 Before anyone had a chance to digest the flimsy-at-best basis for many of the pardons, Trump unexpectedly made another announcement. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2020

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use


circa 1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flimsy was circa 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Flimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flimsy. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


flimsier; flimsiest
: not strong or solid
flimsy clothes
a flimsy old car
: not likely or convincing
a flimsy excuse
a movie with a flimsy plot

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