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  1. flimsy; frail.
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Also slimp·sy [slimp-see] /ˈslɪmp si/.

Origin of slimsy

1835–45, Americanism; blend of slim and flimsy
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Examples from the Web for slimsy

Historical Examples

  • His slimsy silver spoon, dented with toothmarks of an ancestor who had died in a delirium, was laid evenly by his plate.

    The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story


  • Hissing arcs up under that slimsy roof throw high lights and deep shadows here and there and everywhere.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • They were none of the slimsy, composition-filled, aniline-dyed calicoes of to-day.

  • Cradle sheets of this thin, closely woven, white worsted stuff are not slimsy like thin flannel, yet are softer than flannel.

British Dictionary definitions for slimsy


adjective -sier or -siest
  1. US informal frail
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Word Origin

C19: from slim + flimsy
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