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noun (1)

flak·​i·​ness ˈflā-kē-nəs How to pronounce flakiness (audio)
: 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


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noun (2)

: 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
: 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

Examples of flakiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
An easy way to tell if your skin’s pH balance is off is by looking for flakiness and redness. Larry Stansbury, Essence, 10 July 2024 The result is a trendy textural blend of crispy flakiness and rich cream. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 8 July 2024 Featuring goodies like safflower, rose-hip, olive, and lavender oils, this provides lightweight moisture to natural hair, especially those with low-porosity strands, working to prevent flakiness and itchiness. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 15 June 2024 Despite this flakiness, Geminis are fun-loving and enthusiastic partners. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for flakiness 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1681, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of flakiness was in 1681

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“Flakiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flakiness. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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