[ flim-zee ]
/ ˈflɪm zi /

adjective, flim·si·er, flim·si·est.

without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.
weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing: a flimsy excuse.

noun, plural flim·sies.

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

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

Related forms

flim·si·ly, adverbflim·si·ness, noun
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/ (ˈflɪmzɪ) /

adjective -sier or -siest

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

Derived Forms

flimsily, adverbflimsiness, noun

Word Origin for flimsy

C17: of uncertain origin
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