\ ˈflā-kē How to pronounce flaky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flakey
flakier; flakiest

Definition of flaky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of flaky (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for flaky

Synonyms: Adjective (1)

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First Known Use of flaky

Adjective (1)

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

circa 1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flaky

Adjective (1)

see flake entry 1

Adjective (2)

flake entry 4

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“Flaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaky. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for flaky


\ ˈflā-kē How to pronounce flaky (audio) \
flakier; flakiest

Kids Definition of flaky

: tending to break apart into small thin flat pieces a flaky pie crust

Other Words from flaky

flakiness noun


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