Definition of flimsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflimzē/

adjective (flimsier, flimsiest)

1Comparatively light and insubstantial; easily damaged: voyagers who crossed the sea in flimsy boats
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  • They are absolute zealots at trying to stop us from making backups of the media we purchase on flimsy, unprotected, easily damaged disks but have never once offered a remedy for the reason we need to make backups.
  • Furthermore, the wild gales in summer could sometimes easily blow down the flimsy sheds.
  • The door that covers the DVD drive area seems solid, but the mounting gear - particularly the hinge - is somewhat flimsy and jams quite easily.
insubstantial, fragile, breakable, frail, shaky, unstable, wobbly, tottery, rickety, ramshackle, makeshift;
jerry-built, badly built, shoddy, chintzy, gimcrack
1.1(Of clothing) light and thin: I wore flimsy clothes and needed warming
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  • As Mona she wears glittering, flimsy garments with sheer embroidered scarves, hennaed hair, nail varnish and lipstick.
  • Silvia (who makes an omelette to die for and has a nice line in flimsy clothing) works on the shop floor at the local underwear factory.
  • She is inside, her flimsy clothing soaked through.
1.2(Of a pretext or account) weak and unconvincing: a pretty flimsy excuse
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  • A handful had remained loyal to their oath as doctors or to their basic sense of decency and had refused to carry out instructions, citing valid excuses or flimsy pretexts.
  • At school, I cheated at the Rubik's Cube twice: once by removing the tiles under the flimsy pretext of ‘seeing how the joints worked’ and again, by reading the book.
  • "What the police did was to detain on the flimsiest of pretexts."
weak, feeble, poor, inadequate, insufficient, thin, unsubstantial, unconvincing, implausible, unsatisfactory

noun (plural flimsies)

1A document, especially a copy, made on very thin paper: credit-card flimsies
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  • Regardless of where the control finally ends up, however, the historic days of operators copying flimsies, lining switches, and setting signals locally, have ended.
  • Unfortunately, my classics skills suffered so much from my extracurricular activities in the pub that my product deteriorated to the point that I could not give my flimsies away.
1.1Very thin paper: sheets of yellow flimsy



Pronunciation: /ˈflimzəlē/
Example sentences
  • Still with tremendous bad-boy cachet, but no longer interested in tearing himself to pieces, he is on the road promoting the most flimsily hedonistic of his albums, ‘Party.’
  • The act is also flimsily founded on a vague definition of ‘intent’.
  • The challenge will be crucial because nowhere in the country is the party more flimsily represented than on our own Town Council.


Pronunciation: /ˈflimzēnəs/
Example sentences
  • Flimsiness was no longer fashionable and the voice became more often a vehicle for content, not vice versa.
  • The gliding motion of the sails, their white flimsiness and quick transformations gave whatever formations they shaped and the places they represented a distinct air of insubstantiality and evanescence.
  • They were so poor, both in the quality of their play and in the flimsiness of their nerve when protecting a lead.


Early 18th century: probably from flimflam.

Words that rhyme with flimsy


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Syllabification: flim·sy

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