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


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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 29 Nov. 2020.

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