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flaky

adjective \ ˈflā-kē \
variants: or less commonly flakey

Definition of flaky

flakier; flakiest
1 :consisting of flakes
  • flaky snow
2 :tending to flake
  • a flaky crust

flakiness

noun

Origin and Etymology of flaky

see 1flake


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flaky

adjective

Definition of flaky

flakier; flakiest
1 :markedly odd or unconventional :offbeat, wacky
  • has some flaky ideas
  • He's nice, but a bit flaky.
2 informal :not reliable in performance or behavior :undependable
  • a flaky mechanism
  • You'll want to make sure that all the technology tools you need to effectively and efficiently serve clients are in full working order and that you won't need to worry about wasting time and money fixing broken hardware or flaky software.
  • —Henry B. Chace
  • … digital crutches trump face-to-face talking (even phone calls), encouraging people to be flaky and evasive …
  • —Charlotte Liberman

flakiness

noun

Origin and Etymology of flaky


FLAKY Defined for Kids

flaky

adjective \ ˈflā-kē \

Definition of flaky for Students

flakier; flakiest
:tending to break apart into small thin flat pieces
  • a flaky pie crust

flakiness

noun


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