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adjective,flim·si·er, flim·si·est.
  1. without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.

  2. weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing: a flimsy excuse.

noun,plural flim·sies.
  1. 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.

  2. a copy of a report or dispatch on such paper.

Origin of flimsy

1695–1705; flim- (perhaps metathetic variant of film) + -sy

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Other words from flimsy

  • flim·si·ly, adverb
  • flim·si·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flimsy


/ (ˈflɪmzɪ) /

adjective-sier or -siest
  1. not strong or substantial; fragile: a flimsy building

  2. light and thin: a flimsy dress

  1. unconvincing or inadequate; weak: a flimsy excuse

  1. thin paper used for making carbon copies of a letter, etc

  2. a copy made on such paper

  1. a slang word for banknote

Origin of flimsy

C17: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of flimsy

  • flimsily, adverb
  • flimsiness, noun

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