flimsiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flimsiness the property of weakness by virtue of careless construction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flimsiness The state or quality of being flimsy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flimsiness The state or quality of being flimsy; thin, weak texture; weakness; want of substance or solidity.
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.”

Usage

In literature:

The girl took the money and the flimsy tickets and they went out into the street.
"A Cigarette-Maker's Romance" by F. Marion Crawford
Flimsy as that garment may appear, were it removed terrestrial life would probably perish through the consequent refrigeration.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
Martin came out from the news room into the adjoining ante-room with a slip of "flimsy" in his hand.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
A rifle lay across his knees and there were some rusty traps in the bottom of the flimsy canoe.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
But popularity of this kind is of too flimsy and delicate a texture to bear transportation.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
Flimsy as it looked, however, it served him.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
For the question which I originally put was no mere flimsy question of a stupidly unreal description.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
It's not hard to see through your flimsy pretext.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Not so among my German friends; they have a ravenous appetite for these flimsy tickets of passing commendation.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
A flimsy curtain of cotton material was stretched across a doorway.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
And a moment later, Doc saw why as Jake flipped a flimsy sheet onto the table.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
But our lawyers were too shrewd to be caught in such a flimsy net as this.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
As soon as the place was dark again, Gordon set to work on the flimsy framework of his cell window.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Somehow, this flimsy shelter, which sailors call the "dodger," gave some sense of safety.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
It was as though some flimsy product of an advanced civilization had come in to sneer at the sacred customs of antiquity.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
There was a padlock knocking in the wind on the flimsy door.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
If I hadn't left the kitchen I wouldn't have stopped with what I said about her flimsy dress.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
None but a biased mind could produce such flimsy arguments.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
This was so small a world; the people were so flimsy.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
There were some flimsy, uncomfortable chairs in gilt and red.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
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In poetry:

even against its will.
But not
as symbols of hope: they were flimsy
as our resistance to the crimes committed
"In California During The Gulf War" by Denise Levertov
Shanty of dreams I have loved you
under magnolia trees
scattered with flimsy star luster
fanned by the jasmine night breeze...
"Paragraph" by Norman MacLeod
Obdurate, in dense-grained wood,
A bald angel blocks and shapes
The flimsy light; arms folded
Watches his cumbrous world eclipse
"Sculptor" by Sylvia Plath
"They cam' to me," said that fair ladye.
"Wow, they were flimsie things!"
Said - "that chain o' gowd, my doggie to howd,
It is made o' thae self-same rings."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Ah! poets sing of love,
Fashioned by Powers above.
'Tis naught but fancy wrought,
A flimsy, graceful thought
As fatally false as vain,
Trust not the tale again.
"Charmion's Lament" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
The molts are tongueless that sang from above the water
Of golgotha at the tip of a reed,
And how a god flimsy as a baby's finger
Shall unhusk himself and steer into the air.
"Flute Notes From A Reedy Pond" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to do away with the flimsy plastic trash can in our spare room.
" — is almost ruined by Riley's flimsy wit: "Politicians are puppets, y'all let's get Geppetto.
The Mets bullpen won't be able to clamp down and push around the Nationals' flimsy offense all season, but for one very long night, it was exactly what was needed.
Some day, Republicans may re-discover that selfishness is a structurally flimsy basis for a political doctrine.
While the romance of the piece may seem flimsy, the tragedy of Anna 's choices are not.
Slate keeps tabs on a flimsy new trend.
Charm , flimsiness pair up in 'Save the Date'.
Charm, flimsiness pair up in 'Save the Date '.
Stansbury High School has a dance dress code regarding length and flimsy fabric to limit female skin display.
The excuses were many, but most were flimsy.
A fitting but flimsy Liz.
Trail Blazers have draft leverage to go from flimsy to formidable , but do they have guts.
The hoops of today are not the flimsy, toy store hula hoops from your fourth grade birthday party.
Feels flimsy when compared with other high-end smartphones.
Most had never heard of the place until their flimsy boats foundered on the way to Italy, and the Maltese coast guard rescued them from the sea.
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