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

Other Words from flimsy


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For months the world felt wobbly, flimsy, like a screen on which images were projected. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 June 2022 At the Strait of Dover, the English Channel — one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping lanes — is some 21 miles wide, and can be dangerous for people in small flimsy boats when hammered by high winds. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 At the Strait of Dover, the Channel, one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping lanes, is some 21 miles wide and can be dangerous for people in small, flimsy boats, particularly when hammered by high winds. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2021 Roe’s constitutionality has been flimsy at best and inflamingly divisive at worse. WSJ, 10 May 2022 For more than half a century, residents of Manhattan's East Village neighborhood would pick up their freshly starched shirts in flimsy plastic bags from Sun's Laundry. NBC news, 9 Oct. 2020 Little flimsy or random, since with a large cast these personalities aren't super developed. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 8 May 2022 To make matters worse, Biden’s iteration of the JCPOA would be significantly weaker than Obama’s already flimsy agreement. Carine Hajjar, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 Emmert and the rest of the NCAA offered a litany of excuses for why those disparities and others existed, each one as flimsy as the next. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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. 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 See More

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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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“Flimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flimsy. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for flimsy


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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