flabbier, flabbiest
1) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) Flabby people are rather fat, with loose flesh over their bodies.

He doesn't do anything physical. So he must be flabby and unfit...

My bulging thighs and flabby stomach made me depressed.

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as flabby, you are criticizing it for being disorganized or wasteful.

You hear talk about American business being flabby.


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  • flabby — flab by (fl[a^]b b[y^]), a. [See {Flap}.] Yielding to the touch, and easily moved or shaken; hanging loose by its own weight; wanting firmness; flaccid; as, flabby flesh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flabby — [flab′ē] adj. flabbier, flabbiest [var. of flappy < FLAP] 1. lacking firmness; limp and soft; flaccid [flabby muscles] 2. lacking force; weak flabbily adv. flabbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • flabby — (adj.) 1690s, variant of flappy, which is recorded in the sense of softly fleshy from 1590s; see FLAP (Cf. flap). Related: Flabbily; flabbiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • flabby — flaccid, floppy, *limp, flimsy, sleazy Analogous words: *loose, relaxed, slack, lax: *soft: yielding, caving in (see YIELD vb): *powerless, impotent: spiritless, listless, enervated, *languid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flabby — [adj] baggy, fat drooping, enervated, flaccid, flexuous, floppy*, gone to seed*, hanging, irresilient, lax, limp, loose, out of condition*, out of shape*, pendulous, rusty, sagging, shapeless, slack, sloppy, soft, tender, toneless, unfit,… …   New thesaurus

  • flabby — ► ADJECTIVE (flabbier, flabbiest) 1) (of a part of a person s body) soft, loose, and fleshy. 2) not tightly controlled and therefore ineffective. DERIVATIVES flabbily adverb flabbiness noun. ORIGIN alteration of earlier flappy …   English terms dictionary

  • flabby — UK [ˈflæbɪ] / US adjective Word forms flabby : adjective flabby comparative flabbier superlative flabbiest 1) flabby flesh is loose and fat a flabby stomach 2) British not effective or powerful enough flabby phrases/arguments Derived word:… …   English dictionary

  • flabby — flab|by [ˈflæbi] adj informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from flappy, from flap] 1.) having unattractive soft loose flesh rather than strong muscles ▪ a flabby stomach 2.) used to describe something that is weak or not effective ≠… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flabby — flab|by [ flæbi ] adjective 1. ) flabby flesh is loose and fat: a flabby stomach 2. ) BRITISH not effective or powerful enough ╾ flab|bi|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flabby — adjective informal 1 having soft, loose fat rather than strong muscles: She s getting old and flabby. 2 a flabby argument, excuse etc is weak and not effective flabbiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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