See also: flimflam

English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Reduplication, 1538 as noun, 1660 as verb. Perhaps from a dialectal word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (lampoon, mockery).[1]

Pronunciation edit

  • Rhymes: -æm
  • IPA(key): /ˈflɪmflæm/
  • (file)

Noun edit

flim-flam (countable and uncountable, plural flim-flams)

  1. Misinformation; bunkum; false information presented as true.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense
    Most reports of supernatural occurrences turn out to be flim-flam when carefully investigated.
  2. confidence game, con game
  3. (archaic) Table tennis.

Derived terms edit

References edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “flim-flam”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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