- without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.
- weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing: a flimsy excuse.
- a thin kind of paper, especially for use in making several copies at a time of an article, telegraphic dispatch, or the like, as in newspaper work.
- a copy of a report or dispatch on such paper.
Origin of flimsy
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1. shoddy, weak, unstable, unsteady. 2. unconvincing, lame, vague.
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Examples from the Web for flimsy
When it comes to invading foreign countries on false or flimsy pretexts, the Russians have lots of company.Invaders and the Lies They Tell From Nazi Germany to Russia and the US
March 7, 2014
On the last Sunday in March, Marina is hanging diapers on a flimsy clothesline stuck in the grass in the small backyard.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK
Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
October 3, 2013
Then she disappeared, leaving me by myself in that flimsy little dress, my makeup smudged and my hair all over the place.Inside Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Girl’s Abduction
August 29, 2013
Zuckerberg, or at least the narrow, shallow portrait painted of him in The Social Network, seems to embody that flimsy promise.Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ Is Actually Not That Bad
August 16, 2013
Putin has taken off the flimsy mask of democracy to reveal himself in full as the would-be KGB dictator he has always been.I Will Not Return to the Dark Reality of Putin's Russia
June 20, 2013
How eagerly we accept the argument, flimsy as it may be, which accords with our wishes!A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
He passed through, and the flimsy covering fell to behind him.The Twins of Suffering Creek
But the folding of the flimsy batch on his knee was executed with thoughtful nicety.Under Western Eyes
Their statements were flimsy, and guilt was plainly written on their faces.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It seemed a flimsy structure, supported only by tubular steel.The Stutterer
- not strong or substantial; fragilea flimsy building
- light and thina flimsy dress
- unconvincing or inadequate; weaka flimsy excuse
- thin paper used for making carbon copies of a letter, etc
- a copy made on such paper
- a slang word for banknote
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flimsy
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