flabby

  • 1flabby — flab by (fl[a^]b b[y^]), a. [See {Flap}.] Yielding to the touch, and easily moved or shaken; hanging loose by its own weight; wanting firmness; flaccid; as, flabby flesh. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2flabby — [flab′ē] adj. flabbier, flabbiest [var. of flappy < FLAP] 1. lacking firmness; limp and soft; flaccid [flabby muscles] 2. lacking force; weak flabbily adv. flabbiness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3flabby — (adj.) 1690s, variant of flappy, which is recorded in the sense of softly fleshy from 1590s; see FLAP (Cf. flap). Related: Flabbily; flabbiness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4flabby — flaccid, floppy, *limp, flimsy, sleazy Analogous words: *loose, relaxed, slack, lax: *soft: yielding, caving in (see YIELD vb): *powerless, impotent: spiritless, listless, enervated, *languid …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5flabby — [adj] baggy, fat drooping, enervated, flaccid, flexuous, floppy*, gone to seed*, hanging, irresilient, lax, limp, loose, out of condition*, out of shape*, pendulous, rusty, sagging, shapeless, slack, sloppy, soft, tender, toneless, unfit,… …

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  • 6flabby — ► ADJECTIVE (flabbier, flabbiest) 1) (of a part of a person s body) soft, loose, and fleshy. 2) not tightly controlled and therefore ineffective. DERIVATIVES flabbily adverb flabbiness noun. ORIGIN alteration of earlier flappy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7flabby — [[t]flæ̱bi[/t]] flabbier, flabbiest 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Flabby people are rather fat, with loose flesh over their bodies. He doesn t do anything physical. So he must be flabby and unfit... My bulging thighs and flabby stomach made me… …

    English dictionary

  • 8flabby — UK [ˈflæbɪ] / US adjective Word forms flabby : adjective flabby comparative flabbier superlative flabbiest 1) flabby flesh is loose and fat a flabby stomach 2) British not effective or powerful enough flabby phrases/arguments Derived word:… …

    English dictionary

  • 9flabby — flab|by [ˈflæbi] adj informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from flappy, from flap] 1.) having unattractive soft loose flesh rather than strong muscles ▪ a flabby stomach 2.) used to describe something that is weak or not effective ≠… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10flabby — flab|by [ flæbi ] adjective 1. ) flabby flesh is loose and fat: a flabby stomach 2. ) BRITISH not effective or powerful enough ╾ flab|bi|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11flabby — adjective informal 1 having soft, loose fat rather than strong muscles: She s getting old and flabby. 2 a flabby argument, excuse etc is weak and not effective flabbiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12flabby — adjective 1) his flabby stomach Syn: soft, loose, flaccid, slack, untoned, drooping, sagging Ant: firm 2) a flabby child Syn: fat …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13flabby — adjective /ˈflæb.i/ a) Yielding to the touch, and easily moved or shaken; hanging loose by its own weight; wanting firmness; flaccid; as, flabby flesh. b) Having a slight lack of acidity; having mild s …

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  • 14flabby — adj. Flabby is used with these nouns: ↑stomach, ↑thigh …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15flabby — adjective (flabbier, flabbiest) 1》 (of a part of a person s body) soft, loose, and fleshy. 2》 not tightly controlled and therefore ineffective: flabby prose. Derivatives flabbily adverb flabbiness noun Origin C17: alt. of earlier flappy …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16flabby — [ˈflæbi] adj with a lot of loose fat a flabby stomach[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17flabby — flab•by [[t]ˈflæb i[/t]] adj. bi•er, bi•est 1) lacking firmness or tone; flaccid: flabby muscles[/ex] 2) lacking determination; weak • Etymology: 1690–1700; appar. alter. of earlier flappy flab′bi•ly, adv. flab′bi•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18flabby — adjective (flabbier; est) Etymology: alteration of flappy Date: 1694 1. lacking resilience or firmness ; flaccid 2. weak and ineffective ; feeble • flabbily adverb • flabbiness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19flabby — flabbily, adv. flabbiness, n. /flab ee/, adj., flabbier, flabbiest. 1. hanging loosely or limply, as flesh or muscles; flaccid. 2. having such flesh. 3. lacking strength or determination. [1690 1700; appar. expressive alter. of earlier flappy,… …

    Universalium

  • 20flabby — flab·by flab ē adj, flab·bi·er; est lacking resilience or firmness: FLACCID flab·bi·ness flab ē nəs n …

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