(Flight"i*ness), n. The state or quality of being flighty.

The flightness of her temper.

Syn. — Levity; giddiness; volatility; lightness; wildness; eccentricity. See Levity.

(Flight"-shot`) n. The distance to which an arrow or flight may be shot; bowshot, — about the fifth of a mile. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Within a flight-shot it inthe valley.

Half a flight-shot from the king's oak.
Sir W. Scott.

(Flight"y) a.

1. Fleeting; swift; transient.

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the deed go with it.

2. Indulging in flights, or wild and unrestrained sallies, of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; eccentric; slighty delirious.

Proofs of my flighty and paradoxical turn of mind.

A harsh disciplinarian and a flighty enthusiast.
J. S. Harford.

(Flim"flam) n. [Cf. Flam.] A freak; a trick; a lie. Beau. & Fl.

(Flim"si*ly) adv. In a flimsy manner.

(Flim"si*ness), n. The state or quality of being flimsy.

(Flim"sy) a. [Compar. Flimsier ; superl. Flimsiest.] [Cf. W. llymsi naked, bare, empty, sluggish, spiritless. Cf. Limsy.] Weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity; of loose and unsubstantial structure; without reason or plausibility; as, a flimsy argument, excuse, objection.

Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines.

All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain.

Syn. — Weak; feeble; superficial; shallow; vain.

(Flim"sy), n.

1. Thin or transfer paper.

2. A bank note. [Slang, Eng.]

(Flinch) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flinched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flinching.] [Prob. fr. OE. flecchen to waver, give way, F. fléchir, fr. L. flectere to bend; but prob. influenced by E. blench. Cf. Flex.]

1. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one of the parties flinched from the combat.

A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be accustomed to bear very rough usage without flinching or complaining.

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