• IPA: /ˈflɪmzi/

flimsy (comparative flimsier, superlative flimsiest)

  1. Likely to bend or break under pressure.
    Synonyms: weak, shaky, flexible, fragile
    Antonyms: robust, strong, sturdy
    He expected the flimsy structure to collapse at any moment.
    • All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain.
  2. (figurative) Weak; ill-founded.
    Synonyms: weak, feeble, unconvincing
    Antonyms: well-founded, substantiated
    a flimsy excuse
Translations Translations Noun

flimsy (plural flimsies)

  1. Thin typing paper used to make multiple copies.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 251:
      Smiley peered once more at the flimsy which he still clutched in his pudgy hand.
  2. (naval slang) A service certificate
    • 1964, Australia. Parliament, Records of the Proceedings and Printed Papers of the Parliament
      A perusal of the comments of officers under whom he has served as recorded in his “flimsies" indicates that he has almost consistently received high commendation for his service.
    • 1994, John Wells, The Royal Navy: An Illustrated Social History, 1870-1982 (page 7)
      Regulations required a commanding officer to render annual confidential reports on the character and ability of his officers - with particular reference to sobriety - on forms known as 'flimsies'.
  3. (informal, in the plural) Skimpy underwear.
  4. (slang) A banknote.
  • Spanish: papel cebolla

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