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flimsy

adjective uk   /ˈflɪm.zi/ us  

flimsy adjective (THIN)

very thin, or easily broken or destroyed: You won't be warm enough in that flimsy dress. We spent the night in a flimsy wooden hut. a flimsy cardboard box

flimsy adjective (DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE)

A flimsy argument, excuse, etc. is weak and difficult to believe: When I asked him why he was late, he gave me some flimsy excuse about having car trouble.
flimsily
adverb uk   /-zɪ.li/ us  
flimsiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “flimsy”
in Korean 조잡한…
in Arabic رَقيق…
in French léger, fragile…
in Turkish ince, hafif, çürük…
in Italian fragile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 薄的, 很薄的, 易破的…
in Russian непрочный, легкий, неубедительный…
in Polish cienki, lichy, mizerny…
in Spanish ligero, frágil, poco sólido…
in Portuguese frágil…
in German dürftig, schwach…
in Catalan prim, poc sòlid…
in Japanese もろい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 薄的, 很薄的, 易破的…
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