flimsy

flimsy
[[t]flɪ̱mzi[/t]]
flimsier, flimsiest
1) ADJ-GRADED A flimsy object is weak because it is made of a weak material, or is badly made.

...a flimsy wooden door.

...a pair of inelegant and flimsy shoes.

2) ADJ-GRADED Flimsy cloth or clothing is thin and does not give much protection.

...a very flimsy pink chiffon nightgown.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something such as evidence or an excuse as flimsy, you mean that it is not very good or convincing.

The charges were based on very flimsy evidence.

Syn:
weak, unconvincing

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Flimsy — Flim sy, a. [Compar. {Flimsier}; superl. {Flimsiest}.] [Cf. W. llymsi naked, bare, empty, sluggish, spiritless. Cf. {Limsy}.] Weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity; of loose and unsubstantial structure; without reason or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flimsy — [adj1] not strong; light, thin chiffon, cutrate*, decrepit, defective, delicate, diaphanous, feeble, fragile, frail, gauzy, gossamer, house of cards*, inadequate, infirm, insubstantial, meager, papery, rickety, rinkydink*, shaky, shallow, sheer,… …   New thesaurus

  • flimsy — [flim′zē] adj. flimsier, flimsiest [< ?] 1. thin and easily broken or damaged; poorly made and fragile; frail 2. ill conceived and inadequate; ineffectual [a flimsy excuse] n. pl. flimsies Chiefly Brit. 1. a sheet of thin paper, as used for… …   English World dictionary

  • Flimsy — Flim sy, n. 1. Thin or transfer paper. [1913 Webster] 2. A bank note. [Slang, Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flimsy — index frivolous, inconclusive, inconsequential, inferior (lower in quality), insubstantial, nonsubstantial (not sturdy), poor (inferior in quality) …   Law dictionary

  • flimsy — 1702, of unknown origin, perhaps a metathesis of FILM (Cf. film) gauzy covering + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Flimsily; flimsiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • flimsy — adj sleazy, *Iimp, floppy, flaccid, flabby Analogous words: *thin, slight, tenuous: *Ioose, slack: *weak, feeble Contrasted words: stout, sturdy, *strong: *heavy, weighty …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flimsy — ► ADJECTIVE (flimsier, flimsiest) 1) weak and insubstantial. 2) (of clothing) light and thin. 3) (of a pretext or account) weak; unconvincing. ► NOUN (pl. flimsies) Brit. 1) very thin paper …   English terms dictionary

  • flimsy — flim|sy [ˈflımzi] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from FILM1 very thin layer ] 1.) flimsy cloth or clothing is light and thin ▪ a flimsy cotton dress 2.) something that is flimsy is not strong or well made, and will break easily ▪ a flimsy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flimsy — UK [ˈflɪmzɪ] / US adjective Word forms flimsy : adjective flimsy comparative flimsier superlative flimsiest 1) light and not providing very much protection a flimsy cotton blouse 2) badly built or made, and so likely to break easily Thousands… …   English dictionary

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