Adjective "flimsy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Insubstantial and easily damaged.
  1. 'She was also loyal, and loveable, and very easy to talk to - once one got past the flimsy barriers she had up.'
  2. 'From the opposite end, through a flimsy barrier of water-damaged ceiling tile, he could hear the catch in his grandmother's chest as she breathed.'
  3. 'And while the reporter and photographer were at the site, its lack of security was shown when a group of teenage boys easily slipped through the flimsy plastic fence to switch on a water pipe.'
  4. 'Boasting four fire buttons, plus a fairly flimsy throttle control, this too has plenty of features.'
  5. 'The majority are trying to reach the Canary Islands in flimsy boats.'
  6. 'The handbrake looks very out of place and somewhat flimsy compared to the rest of the interior.'
  7. 'Like a huge pressure pushing against my skin, I could feel it trying to claw its way out of me, trying to push through the flimsy barrier of flesh my body provided.'
  8. 'He believes the new-style permits issued by the council are too flimsy and not sticky enough.'
  9. 'They could have easily slipped past the flimsy barricade of starguards but the monsters merely threw themselves at them, incinerating and ripping in a frenzy.'
  10. 'A warped rationale twisted and struggled madly to keep back the torrent rising against the flimsy barrier of his lie.'
  11. 'the flimsy garment fell from her'
  12. 'Here Kristine sat in a flimsy dress, proudly carrying Cassie on her arm.'
  13. 'The longer, flimsy skirt hanging out of a coat is a rather edgy trend right now.'
  14. 'Whatever you do, there's no denying that dresses are great to take on holiday - a light, flimsy slip can be easily scrunched into the corner of your case, making it a sloppy packer's dream.'
  15. '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.'
  16. 'Men wearing short-sleeved shirts and girls in flimsy dresses and bare legs happily parade about in practically sub-zero temperatures.'
  17. 'Plus there was only a flimsy shower curtain between the two of us.'
  18. 'She is inside, her flimsy clothing soaked through.'
  19. 'I unzipped the covering and inwardly groaned at the sight of the flimsy white dress.'
  20. 'She looks pretty in a flimsy nightgown of a dress.'
  21. 'Each song received great cheers - and a couple of pairs of flimsy underwear were thrown onstage before the night ended.'
  22. 'Their only real purpose is to provide a flimsy excuse to make a recommendation.'
  23. 'Excuses seem flimsy, and even the best are still just excuses.'
  24. '"What the police did was to detain on the flimsiest of pretexts."'
  25. 'A couple of psychologists have claimed on the basis of very flimsy evidence that Australians are particularly " authoritarian".'
  26. 'I'll also not forget the scene in Othello when Iago talks The Moor into believing something which flimsy evidence would easily prove to be false.'
  27. 'The evidence was so flimsy that the case should never have gone to trial.'
  28. '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.'
  29. '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.'
  30. 'What more evidence is required when the imagination conjures up the flimsiest of evidence?'
  31. 'The Herald denounced the verdict, saying it was the " flimsiest of evidence".'


A document, especially a copy, made on very thin paper.
  1. 'Regardless of where the control finally ends up, however, the historic days of operators copying flimsies, lining switches, and setting signals locally, have ended.'
  2. 'sheets of yellow flimsy'


1. without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy structure.

2. weak; inadequate; not effective or convincing: a flimsy excuse. noun, plural flimsies.

3. a thin kind of paper, especially for use in making several copies at a time of an article, telegraphic dispatch, or the like, as in newspaper work.

4. a copy of a report or dispatch on such paper.

More examples(as adjective)

"itselfs can be flimsy in faces."

"demands can be flimsy with manufacturers."

"boats can be flimsy."

"evidences can be flimsy."

"structures can be flimsy."

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Early 18th century: probably from flimflam.