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Definition lacking in firmness or strength
  • His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
  • Over time, his hard body lost its tone, then grew flaccid, and finally grew flabby.
  • Since Prince Andrew had last seen him Kutuzov had grown still more corpulent, flaccid, and fat.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Her face was heavy, her complexion flaccid and watery.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
  • It was as though his eyes were holding their breath, while his mother looked at him, her face flaccid and...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
  • At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
  • He is very flaccid.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • flaccid = lacking in strength or firmness
  • Even when they snatched him up by the collar, his weak body easily lending itself to be manhandled, he looked without hope or resentment, his eyes like two still pools of black ink in his flaccid face.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • flaccid = lacking in strength or firmness
  • You are spineless, flaccid things.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Pumblechook, leaning back in his chair, quite flaccid with admiration, "that's the way you know 'em, sir."
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • The bullet-head crumpled forward upon its flaccid neck against the great hairy chest—the roaring and the shrieking ceased.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Beasts of Tarzan
  • Terror was upon her white face as she saw it; her cheek was flaccid, and her mouth had almost the aspect of a round little hole.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • The nerve of the savage had gone, and his muscle had become a flaccid thing.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  A Millionaire of Yesterday
  • flaccid cheeks
  • Its outer covering was becoming flaccid, and floated loosely in the air, and the folds of the silk rustled and grated on each other.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • flaccid muscles
  • Paul staggered as the old man sagged in his arms, felt the death there, the utter flaccidity.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Without her mockery, affection for others sank into flaccid disrepair.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • His breathing was hoarse, his face livid, his limbs flaccid, his belly prominent.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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