from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Light, thin, and insubstantial: a flimsy fabric.
  • adj. Lacking solidity or strength: a flimsy table.
  • adj. Lacking plausibility; unconvincing: a flimsy excuse.
  • n. Thin paper usually used to make multiple copies.
  • n. Something written on this thin paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
  • n. Thin typing paper used to make multiple copies.
  • n. Skimpy underwear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity; of loose and unsubstantial structure; without reason or plausibility.
  • n. Thin or transfer paper.
  • n. A bank note.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without material strength or solid substance; of loose and unsubstantial structure.
  • Without strength or force of any kind; weak; ineffectual: as, a flimsy argument.
  • Synonyms Unsubstantial, thin, slight.
  • Feeble, trivial, shallow, superficial, frivolous, foolish, puerile.
  • n. A thin sort of paper by means of which several copies of a writing may be made at once; transfer-paper.
  • n. A bank-note, from its being made of thin paper.
  • n. A manifold copy of a report or despatch made on flimsy; reporters' ‘copy’; a duplicate or a triplicate writing made on flimsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking solidity or strength
  • n. a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies
  • adj. lacking substance or significance
  • adj. not convincing


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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