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flaw

1flaw

noun \ˈfl\

Definition of FLAW

1
:  a sudden brief burst of wind; also :  a spell of stormy weather
2
obsolete :  an outburst especially of passion

Origin of FLAW

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flaga gust, squall
First Known Use: 1513

Rhymes with FLAW

2flaw

noun

Definition of FLAW

1
a :  a defect in physical structure or form <a diamond with a flaw>
b :  an imperfection or weakness and especially one that detracts from the whole or hinders effectiveness <vanity was the flaw in his character> <a flaw in the book's plot>
2
obsolete :  fragment
flawed \ˈfld\ adjective
flaw·less \-ləs\ adjective
flaw·less·ly adverb
flaw·less·ness noun

Origin of FLAW

Middle English, flake, from Old Norse flaga stone slab, moldarflaga thin layer of turf; akin to Old English flōh flat stone
First Known Use: 1586

3flaw

verb

Definition of FLAW

transitive verb
:  to make flaws in :  mar
intransitive verb
:  to become defective

Examples of FLAW

  1. <that crack has flawed the vase to the extent that its value in the antiques market is greatly reduced>

First Known Use of FLAW

1610

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