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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from FILM1 'very thin layer'

flimsy

adjective
     
flim‧sy
1 flimsy cloth or clothing is light and thin:
a flimsy cotton dress
2 something that is flimsy is not strong or well-made, and will break easily:
a flimsy wooden building
3 a flimsy agreement is weak and can easily be damaged or broken:
a flimsy alliance between the two tribal groups
4 a flimsy argument or excuse does not seem very likely and people do not believe it [≠ convincing]:
The evidence against him is extremely flimsy.
flimsily adverb
flimsiness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: weak WORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy British English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable

thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built


See also
weak

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