flaw

noun (1)
\ˈflȯ \

Definition of flaw 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a defect in physical structure or form a diamond with a flaw

b : an imperfection or weakness and especially one that detracts from the whole or hinders effectiveness vanity was the flaw in his character a flaw in the book's plot

2 obsolete : fragment

flaw

verb
flawed; flawing; flaws

Definition of flaw (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make flaws in : mar

intransitive verb

: to become defective

flaw

noun (2)

Definition of flaw (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a sudden brief burst of wind the wind changed with flaws from westward— Archibald MacLeish also : a spell of stormy weather

2 obsolete : an outburst especially of passion

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Examples of flaw in a Sentence

Verb

that crack has flawed the vase to the extent that its value in the antiques market is greatly reduced

First Known Use of flaw

Noun (1)

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flaw

Noun (1)

Middle English, flake, from Old Norse flaga stone slab, moldar flaga thin layer of turf; akin to Old English flōh flat stone

Verb

see flaw entry 1

Noun (2)

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flaga gust, squall

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The first known use of flaw was in 1513

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More Definitions for flaw

flaw

noun
\ˈflȯ \

Kids Definition of flaw

: a small fault or weakness There is a flaw in the plan.

Other Words from flaw

flawless \-​ləs \ adjective

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