- hanging loosely or limply, as flesh or muscles; flaccid.
- having such flesh.
- lacking strength or determination.
Origin of flabby
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Examples from the Web for flabbiness
The speaker was a big man in a dark blue suit; there was a suggestion of flabbiness, loose flesh, below the waist.RNC Diary: Ace Buzzkillington, Reporting
August 29, 2012
For it is not your action that revolts me; it is your apathy, your flabbiness, your cowardice!The Choice of Life
Some of them softer to the point of flabbiness; some harder both of body and soul.Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
There was not about him any sign that you could see of flabbiness or weediness.
Among them (he intimated) his flabbiness might not excite remark.
But even Ranny hesitated to call it flabbiness in so fine a man.
- lacking firmness; loose or yieldingflabby muscles
- having flabby flesh, esp through being overweight
- lacking vitality; weak; ineffectual
C17: alteration of flappy, from flap + -y 1; compare Dutch flabbe drooping lip
Word Origin and History for flabbiness
1690s, variant of flappy, which is recorded in the sense of "softly fleshy" from 1590s; see flap. Related: Flabbily; flabbiness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper