Dictionary.com

flimflam

[ flim-flam ]
/ ˈflɪmˌflæm /
Informal.
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: flimflam / flimflammer on Thesaurus.com

noun
a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.
verb (used with object), flim·flammed, flim·flam·ming.
to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat: A fortuneteller flimflammed her out of her savings.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of flimflam

First recorded in 1530–40; gradational compound of expressive origin

OTHER WORDS FROM flimflam

flimflammer, nounflim·flam·mer·y, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use flimflam in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for flimflam

flimflam
/ (ˈflɪmˌflæm) informal /

noun
  1. nonsense; foolishness
  2. (as modifier)flimflam arguments
a deception; swindle
verb -flams, -flamming or -flammed
(tr) to deceive; trick; swindle; cheat

Derived forms of flimflam

flimflammer, noun

Word Origin for flimflam

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flīm mockery, Norwegian flire to giggle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK