(Flight"i*ness), n. The state or quality of being flighty.
The flightness of her temper.Hawthorne.
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.Evelyn.
Half a flight-shot from the king's oak.Sir W. Scott.
1. Fleeting; swift; transient.
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,Shak.
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.Coleridge.
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.Pope.
All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain.Sheridan.
Syn. Weak; feeble; superficial; shallow; vain.
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