Definition of flimsy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪmzi

adjective (flimsier, flimsiest)

noun (plural flimsies)

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  • 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.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Very thin paper: sheets of yellow flimsy



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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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