adjective (flimsier, flimsiest)
- 1Insubstantial and easily damaged: a flimsy barrierMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of clothing) very light and thin: the flimsy garment fell from herMore example sentences
- 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 excuseMore example sentences
- 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."
noun (plural flimsies)British Back to top
- 1A document, especially a copy, made on very thin paper: credit-card flimsiesMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.