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Definitions for flimsy
ˈflɪm ziflim·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. onionskin, flimsyadjective

    a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies

  2. flimsyadjective

    lacking solidity or strength

    "a flimsy table"; "flimsy construction"

  3. unconvincing, flimsyadjective

    not convincing

    "unconvincing argument"; "as unconvincing as a forced smile"

  4. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thinadjective

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"


  1. flimsynoun

    Thin typing paper used to make multiple copies

  2. flimsynoun

    Skimpy underwear.

  3. flimsyadjective

    Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.

    He expected the flimsy structure to collapse at any moment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flimsyadjective

    Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines. Alexander Pope, Epistle ii.


  1. Flimsy

    The flimsy, officially known as the Petrol, Oil and Water can, was a World War II fuel container used by the British Army. They held 4 imperial gallons (18 l; 4.8 US gal) of fuel, which allowed them to be moved by a single person.The flimsy was well known for leaking; when used in the North African Campaign, some flimsies leaked 20%, and in some cases over 50% of the fuel they carried over a journey. One quartermaster reported that his 70,000 imperial gallons (320,000 l; 84,000 US gal) of fuel had been reduced to just 30,000 imperial gallons (140,000 l; 36,000 US gal) over the journey; and was informed that even this was a "good effort".The problem with the containers was the crimped or soldered seams, which easily split during transportation, especially over the rocky desert terrain in North Africa. Containers were stacked on top of each other during shipping, and the upper layers crushed those below, resulting in fuel flowing freely in the bilges, with the resulting poisoning and fire risks.The favoured use by soldiers for the flimsy was as a small stove which could be used to heat meals and tea for the crews. A soldier would cut the flimsy in half, fill the bottom half with petrol-soaked sand and balance the other half on top, filled with water. This was known as a Benghazi Burner or Benghazi Boiler, after the embattled town of Benghazi. An alternative use for discarded fuel cans was to fill them with sand and use them to reinforce the walls of dugouts.Both 4 gallon flimsies and the original 2 gallon cans were replaced by the jerrycan, copied from the much better German design of fuel container. This happened gradually from late 1940, first from captured stock of German jerrycans, then with British-made copies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. Flimsynoun

    thin or transfer paper

  3. Flimsynoun

    a bank note

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flimsy

    flim′zi, adj. thin: without solidity, strength, or reason: weak.—n. transfer-paper: (slang) a bank-note: reporters' copy written on thin paper.—adv. Flim′sily, in a flimsy manner.—n. Flim′siness. [First in 18th century. Prob. an onomatopœic formation suggested by film.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flimsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flimsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of flimsy in a Sentence

  1. Dr John:

    The story of bluestones transported by the vast Irish Sea Glacier is every bit as wonderful as the archetypal myth of Neolithic Argonauts struggling to move heavy stones with the aid of crude tools, heavy sledges and flimsy rafts.

  2. Nicholas Wade:

    Mainstream media, newspapers and television networks, they just bought into that story without doing any serious digging of their own, that is why we have been in this sort of delusion for more than a year. Our media has let us down by failing to investigate a very flimsy story that these two groups of virologists put out.

  3. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards:

    It's not conjecture, it's not some flimsy theory, this is what is going to happen.

  4. Alan MacGill:

    The devices can help control excessive motion in the foot, the shoe should be the correct size for the child and not too flimsy from toe to heel.

  5. Prosecutor Worthy:

    We are confident Gov. Snyder will be fully exonerated if this flimsy case goes to trial.

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