noun (1)
flak·​i·​ness | \ ˈflā-kē-nəs How to pronounce flakiness (audio) \

Definition of flakiness

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the quality or state of being composed of flakes or of tending to separate into or peel in flakes The flour (high or low protein) plays a role in the final tenderness of pastry, but it's the amount and distribution of the fat through the flour that determine the pastry's flakiness.— Shirley Corriher


noun (2)

Definition of flakiness (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lack of reliability : the tendency to behave or perform undependably Mobile phones make it all too easy to cancel plans at the last minute, but social flakiness isn't a recipe for health and happiness—or good for our relationships.— Anna Hart This free utility takes a look at your hard drives and ferrets out any physical errors it finds, so you know what might be causing random crashes or system flakiness.— Lisa Hoover
2 : peculiarity or eccentricity in thinking or behavior Others claim [Millicent] Fenwick's eccentricity borders on flakiness. Once, during a House debate on whether federal election ballots should be bilingual, Fenwick got up and spoke in fluent Spanish—not on the issue, but on the aesthetic merits of a beautiful language.— Gioia Diliberto

First Known Use of flakiness

Noun (1)

1681, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Flakiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flakiness. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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