flabby

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flabby out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance "he was too soft for the army","flabby around the middle","flaccid cheeks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a flabby Yielding to the touch, and easily moved or shaken; hanging loose by its own weight; wanting firmness; flaccid; as, flabby flesh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flabby Without firmness or elasticity; hanging loose by its own weight; lax; flaccid: said chiefly of flesh: as, flabby cheeks.
    • flabby Figuratively, nerveless; languid; feeble; lacking substance or force: as, a flabby manner; flabby logic or rhetoric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flabby flab′i easily moved: soft, yielding: hanging loose
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Quotations

  • Oscar Levant
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    “Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Flap
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From flap.

Usage

In literature:

Of course, they're silly and useless and flabby, but it seems queer that there are such a lot of 'em.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
A beginner should not attempt it too soon, for then it will only result in flabbiness.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
Men are much more apt to fall in love with lively little typewriters than with fat, flabby wives.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Bart, studying his flabby, uneasy face, wondered what was the matter with the man.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
The weight returned slowly, and with it she became quite ruddy, while her flesh lost altogether its flabby character.
"Fat and Blood" by S. Weir Mitchell
The mistake is to pause too long, or to fill your pauses with ideas that make life flabby.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Grinsell's flabby face, however, expressed amusement rather than fear.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Ireland had very little use for such a flabby politician, and it may be added, he had very little use for Ireland.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
Is he growing weak and flabby who but yesterday was strong?
"Over Here" by Edgar A. Guest
I don't want you girls to make flabby, porous bread, full of air-holes.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
We heard a curious noise like a hymn played by bagpipes, rhythmically accompanied in syncopation by a very flabby drum.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
The terrible instrument in Uncle William's flabby hand was carried across the room.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
He howled again, and thumped at Erebus with big flabby fists.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
The flabbiness of Broadway cannot be washed out of the soul in a month.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
His suit went flabby.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
There was no color now in his flabby and heavily fallen cheeks.
"The House in the Mist" by Anna Katharine Green
She is, after all, a very flabby, fabulous monster and one prick would do for her.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
If it was a case of speed and wind, none of that smoking, flabby crowd could catch them.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
But he grows flabby where she grows lean.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
He then took the rope, which had been passed around the soft and flabby body.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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In poetry:

Scorpions, rats, and lizards flabby,
Centipedes, and hydras scabby,
Asp, and slug, and toad, whose gem
Outlasts human diadem.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The flabby wine-skin of his brain
Yields to some pathologic strain,
And voids from its unstored abysm
The driblet of an aphorism.
"The Mad Philosopher" by Ambrose Bierce
Exquisite senses, life-lit eyes, pluck, volition,
Flakes of breast-muscle, pliant back-bone and neck, flesh not flabby,
good-sized arms and legs,
And wonders within there yet.
"I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman
I see him the noo, lang, ungainly, uncouth,
Wi' red flabby cheeks an' a slaverin' mooth,
Runnin' through the schule green wi' a hap, step, and jump,
His bare waukit heels on the stanes playin' dump.
"Jock Buchan" by Alexander Anderson
Are we so flabby, and are we so soft?
I have pondered the question long and oft;
And happy-go-lucky we may appear
When the fat and easy days are here,
When it's easy come and it's easy go,
And there's never a long, hard row to hoe.
"The Heritage Of Ease " by C J Dennis
But the soft times came; and the seed we sowed
On the days we travelled the easy road,
We must harvest now, as we all repent
Of a flabbiness passed to a Government
And nurtured there, while we rage and rear
To be up and waging the fight once more.
"The Heritage Of Ease " by C J Dennis

In news:

A slide show depicting a voluntary surgery that improves the appearance of flabby, stretched-out abdominal muscles and skin.
Clubs are afraid that unless they show less shapely people, the unfit and flabby majority of Americans won't feel at home.
How to Tone Flabby Self-Discipline.
Jennifer Lopez "Didn't Care" About " Flabby Belly" After Twins' Birth.
It's not really a secret, and it's definitely not the lone fix for a flabby midsection.
Evgeny Morozov, scourge of techno-utopianism and flabby writing, has produced a great read on the cult of "ideas" that is TED, the conference and publishing empire.
How to Tone Flabby Self-Discipline .
These approaches led to flabby, over-oaked and generally uninspired California Chardonnays .
Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff, directed with an unusual lack of rhetoric by John Sturges ( Bad Day at Black Rock ).
I don't care how flabby you think you are, you'll look better running shirtless than with bloody nipples .
A snaggle-toothed Amy Winehouse, a flabby Jessica Alba, a tarted-up Sarah Palin.
At the "brain spa" of the future, transcranial magnetic stimulation and memory-enhancing drugs will clear your mind of forgetfulness and flabby thinking.
) His writing is blabby And frequently flabby.
That's right—skinny or fat, tough or flabby, health nut or overindulger.
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