AskDefine | Define flimsy

Dictionary Definition

flimsy adj
1 lacking solidity or strength; "a flimsy table"; "flimsy construction"; "a fragile link with the past" [syn: fragile]
2 having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse"; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot" [syn: slight, tenuous, thin]
3 very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper"; "flimsy voile"; "light summer dresses" [syn: light]
4 resembling cardboard especially in flimsiness; "apartments with cardboard walls" [syn: cardboard] n : a thin strong light-weight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies [syn: onionskin] [also: flimsiest, flimsier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
    He expected the flimsy structure to collapse at any moment.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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