adjective slim·sy \ˈslim-zē, ˈslim(p)-sē\
variants: or


Definition of slimsy

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The reasons why some words flourish and others fall by the lexical wayside are often unclear, but what is clear is that slimsy is firmly in the latter category: it has very little current use. This doesn't have to stop you from using it though; slimsy is a blend of slim and flimsy, and its meaning should be pretty much apparent to your audience if you're careful with the context. The word was first used in the mid-19th century and was at its peak of popularity in the early 20th, but who knows? Maybe the 21st century will see its revival.

Origin and Etymology of slimsy

blend of slim and flimsy

First Known Use: 1845

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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