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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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
False daisy extract helps reduce flakiness and irritation with its antimicrobial properties. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 Sachajuan’s Scalp Shampoo uses a mix of lactic and salicylic acid to combat dandruff buildup, flakiness, and oil production. Popular Science, 7 July 2020 Finding the best lip balm involves some trial and error, as many popular balms, glosses, and salves actually contain irritating agents that can exacerbate dryness, flakiness, and inflammation. Rachael Schultz, Health, 12 Apr. 2023 Jojoba oil further minimizes dryness and reduces any flakiness or itchiness, while argan oil boosts moisture, restores shine and fortifies the follicles. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 If flakiness is really bugging you, use a sugar scrub to buff it away. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 23 Nov. 2021 Fungal infections, autoimmune connective tissue disease, and other causes for this scalp flakiness are much rarer. Noël Duan, Allure, 1 Nov. 2021 Using a brush to blend in foundation can irritate the skin and cause flakiness, particularly with those who have dry skin. Heather Roy, chicagotribune.com, 18 Mar. 2021 There's no shortage of tech startups with ambitious plans to build electric vehicles, with varying degrees of hype and flakiness. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 18 July 2022 See More

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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

Time Traveler
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 29 May. 2023.

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