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 flimsy (audio) \ adverb
flimsiness \ ˈflim-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce flimsy (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flimsy

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 The unlikely viral video recounts the standards for bringing a fraud case to the courts and finishes with the point that if lawyers present flimsy cases that lack evidentiary support, the counsel could be subject to sanctions. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Instead of fast fashion — disposable, flimsy, forgettable — this seemed to be a night of fast dance. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Tiny polyester fibers that feel buttery soft, though sometimes flimsy compared to others. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2021 Though the jury wasn’t persuaded by this flimsy logic, the ease with which it was invoked in court speaks to its ordinariness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Skeptics would point to he flimsy schedule thus far, as Washington did not live up to its marquee expectations. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021 Connor's parents take this and one other flimsy piece of evidence to mean that Evan and Connor were close friends, and Evan, unsure of what to do, doesn't correct them. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 24 Sep. 2021 That same year, Franklin Roosevelt administration ordered the slaughter of a million Navajo sheep, ostensibly as an environmental protection measure, but historians have argued it was undertaken based on flimsy analysis. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 The ball wobbled like a flimsy punt and fell into a Rice safety’s hands, the first interception of Thompson’s career. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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. CBS News, 23 Apr. 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 Especially if such a loss keeps the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten championship game, there may be no path back into the championship conversation with a schedule this flimsy. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2020 On-ear headphones have come a long way since their flimsy, ‘80s-style Walkman days. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, 2 Sep. 2020 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, 14 Feb. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Flimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flimsy. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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