flimsy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flimsy not convincing "unconvincing argument","as unconvincing as a forced smile"
    • adj flimsy lacking substance or significance; a fragile claim to fame" "slight evidence","a tenuous argument","a thin plot"
    • adj flimsy lacking solidity or strength "a flimsy table","flimsy construction"
    • n flimsy a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flimsy A bank note.
    • Flimsy Thin or transfer paper.
    • a Flimsy Weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity; of loose and unsubstantial structure; without reason or plausibility; as, a flimsy argument, excuse, objection. "Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines.""All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flimsy Without material strength or solid substance; of loose and unsubstantial structure.
    • flimsy Without strength or force of any kind; weak; ineffectual: as, a flimsy argument.
    • flimsy Synonyms Unsubstantial, thin, slight.
    • flimsy Feeble, trivial, shallow, superficial, frivolous, foolish, puerile.
    • n flimsy A thin sort of paper by means of which several copies of a writing may be made at once; transfer-paper.
    • n flimsy A bank-note, from its being made of thin paper.
    • n flimsy A manifold copy of a report or despatch made on flimsy; reporters' ‘copy’; a duplicate or a triplicate writing made on flimsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flimsy flim′zi thin: without solidity, strength, or reason: weak
    • n Flimsy transfer-paper:
    • n Flimsy (slang) a bank-note: reporters' copy written on thin paper
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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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. W. llymsi, naked, bare, empty, sluggish, spiritless. Cf. Limsy

Usage

In literature:

The old lady straightened herself in her flimsy silk draperies.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
There were some flimsy, uncomfortable chairs in gilt and red.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
Dragon Beach was some ten miles from Rowe, a cheap seashore place, built up with flimsy summer cottages of factory hands.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Honour in this situation seemed like a flimsy sentiment.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
He trusted his life to them and to a flimsy space rope which trailed after him out the Med Ship's airlock.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
There is always something flimsy and insecure about a friendship that simply idealizes.
"A Girl's Student Days and After" by Jeannette Marks
This is "Latta University," consisting of a few flimsy shacks in the negro village of Oberlin, on the outskirts of Raleigh.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
She must know, that such assurances are but a flimsy veil to deceive her and other nations.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
His airy manner and flimsy wit impressed them with a sense of his knowledge of life.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
She shielded herself behind the one flimsy subterfuge that Glenn could never understand or tolerate.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
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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
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
Light inspiration on his flimsy wings,
the dragon-fly no mortal man may catch
Will often deign to dart through azure winds
With glinting color on his wings to match.
"Equivocal Moments" by Isobel Stone
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
"You have no time to read, you tell us;
Oh, do not think that we are jealous
Of all the trash that wins your favour,
The flimsy fiction that you savour:
We only beg that sometimes you
Will spare us just an hour or two.
"My Library" by Robert W Service

In news:

Paper Man is a flimsy screen comedy built around a dubious premise, the odd friendship/"relationship" between a childish 50ish writer (Jeff Daniels) and a troubled teenage girl (Emma Stone).
Say what you want about animation being a flimsy to convey mature themes and imagery that, pre-CGI, would have been impossible to adequately capture on traditional film.
It is no place for slow-moving horses pulling flimsy carriages mixed in with taxis, fire trucks, police cars and buses.
Seems like you can't go to the movies nowadays without putting on a pair of flimsy, fake Wayfarers.
Mr Kelley reasons backward from flimsy evidence in his article about Miles Davis .
Virtually all of the evidence for the " originalist " reading of the Clause is as flimsy as the quote from Trumbull.
The case against Bachus appeared a bit flimsy from the start, but unfortunately for Bachus, that doesn't really matter.
Affordable, but doesn't feel flimsy.
Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco has come under fire for taking her young daughter out on an electric bike in New York, seated by the handle bars and wearing just a flimsy bike helmet.
Her only illustration was Magnusson's "flimsy"—a tracing-paper sketch of the skylight 's essential structural element, later dubbed the "whalebone" (see p 20).
Which brings me back to table manners: For a while, we poked and prodded what lay before us with the single, flimsy plastic sporks provided at the pickup slot.
Thus, because of the cheap and flimsy material, the spray paint is taking a lifetime to dry because I did not use primer.
The reversal earned Stupak the scorn of anti-abortion groups who claimed the executive order was flimsy and that Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, should not have caved.
With one of these in hand, dad will never want to use his flimsy stamped-steel rules ever again.
Comic books are flimsy, and sold in comic book shops and left ...
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