Definition of flabby in US English:



  • 1(of a part of a person's body) soft, loose, and fleshy.

    ‘this exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach’
    • ‘Our bodies had become soft and flabby from lack of work and our souls were damaged far beyond repair.’
    • ‘I said that she had muscular arms but a flabby stomach.’
    • ‘She laughed at herself, pinching her flabby stomach.’
    • ‘I have a flabby stomach and I tried situps but it's not working.’
    • ‘I cannot understand how I let silly things bother me before, like a flabby stomach.’
    • ‘I had bulging thighs and a flabby stomach, and if anyone tried to acknowledge my eating habits, I would strike so fast, without wondering if they meant anything by it or not.’
    • ‘He was so glad that he didn't have a flabby stomach.’
    • ‘Inside that flabby body is a warm, sensitive, intelligent person screaming to be given a chance.’
    • ‘The aging body also starts getting flabby so exercises are vital.’
    • ‘He gestured to her stomach and flabby arms before folding his own arms.’
    • ‘A couple of older women, their full cups of beer held by their teeth, were just clapping away, some of the beer splashing out as their heads bobbed in time with their flabby arms.’
    • ‘Besides, it improves general body shape - no one wants a flabby stomach in the summer!’
    • ‘Her body, big and flabby, jiggled as she shoved herself through the open door way and closed the oak door behind her.’
    • ‘In a moment he lay there naked, his white and flabby body shaking despite the heat.’
    • ‘You hardly need reminding that a hardcore physique complete with ripped abs is likely to be much more attractive than a flabby body weighed down by its own fat.’
    • ‘As I look at my flabby body and my wasted muscles it is truly amazing that it managed to run 26.2 miles just 52 weeks ago.’
    • ‘He lost so much fat that he was able to transform his flabby body into a shredded physique complete with ripped abs!’
    • ‘As time goes on, his body grows muscular and thick, no longer flabby or soft.’
    • ‘Five minutes a day of abdominal exercise will tone a flabby stomach.’
    • ‘Still, for people to be so interested in you that your cellulite, bad-hair days and flabby stomach become a topic of conversation is affirmation of a sort.’
    soft, loose, flaccid, unfirm, yielding, slack, lax, out of tone, drooping, droopy, sagging, saggy, pendulous, limp
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) having soft loose flesh.
      • ‘They were about the same size, but while Seamus had been flabby, this man had the appearance of sinuous strength.’
      • ‘But perhaps it is justified to form a negative assessment about the judgment and diligence of a person who is overweight and flabby.’
      • ‘Sedate motorway driving in my comfortable car is making me soft and flabby, but I've seen the future.’
      • ‘The training will include a physical regime at a military boot camp, after the US military complained that the journalists in the Afghan war were flabby and unfit, and slowed troops down.’
      • ‘I feel flabby, unhealthy and basically so out-of-form.’
      • ‘Quite a few participants said they like fleshy, flabby partners.’
      fat, fleshy, overweight, plump, chubby, portly, rotund, meaty, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, obese, corpulent, bloated, gross
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    2. 1.2 Not tightly controlled, powerful, or effective.
      ‘the quartet playing was uncommitted and flabby’
      • ‘What did happen was that the unions got flabby and weak.’
      • ‘But there's a huge advantage in being a private company, as long as we use that wisely and don't become flabby or soft in the way we approach the business.’
      • ‘You drop in a reference, maybe, to a more famous band, mention how they're so damn flabby and weak compared to this fantastic fantastic new thing.’
      • ‘Trilling was concerned that, with such a dearth of intellectual challenge, liberalism would become soft, complacent, flabby.’
      • ‘The bloated, flabby, obfuscatory writing, strewn across multiple opinions has wearied readers for two decades.’


Late 17th century: alteration of earlier flappy.