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.
- flim·si·ly, adverb
- flim·si·ness, noun
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How to use flimsy in a sentence
At under nine ounces per shoe, they feel flimsy out of the box, but even after a couple hundred miles they still have plenty of life.5 Pieces of Gear That Help Me Stay Active During Winter | Jakob Schiller | February 11, 2021 | Outside Online
Then there’s the reality that we are living in a global pandemic with a flimsy-at-best path to recovery.Video games deserve better than blanket, parachute coverage from reporters who don’t get it | Gene Park | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
When it comes to looking at CBD for pain relief, the research is even more flimsy.Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far. | Purbita Saha | January 4, 2021 | Popular-Science
On one of the planes, the only thing separating the infected from the non-infected was a flimsy plastic sheet.
The long-awaited tech antitrust report that the US Congress released on October 6 presents a remarkably flimsy case for action against the nation’s most innovative and competitive companies.Congress made a lousy case for breaking up Big Tech | Amy Nordrum | October 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
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 | Malcolm Jones | March 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet the scenery for this annus mirabilis production has always been rather flimsy.The Volgograd Bombings and the Return of Big Terror to Russia | Michael Weiss | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the last Sunday in March, Marina is hanging diapers on a flimsy clothesline stuck in the grass in the small backyard.
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 | Annick Cojean | August 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zuckerberg, or at least the narrow, shallow portrait painted of him in The Social Network, seems to embody that flimsy promise.
That is a very flimsy pretext, so that the fiscals may not perform their duties faithfully against the governor.
But Garnache's rash temper, rising anew, tore that last flimsy chance to shreds.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
In doing this engines were built of such flimsy construction that they soon went to pieces.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
Its flimsy lock broke easily under the pressure, and he sprang inside.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
Poor Mrs. Morton was a flimsy woman, without much stamina, mental or bodily.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for flimsy
not strong or substantial; fragile: a flimsy building
light and thin: a flimsy dress
unconvincing or inadequate; weak: a flimsy excuse
thin paper used for making carbon copies of a letter, etc
a copy made on such paper
- flimsily, adverb
- flimsiness, noun
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