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flaw

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noun \ˈflȯ\

Definition of flaw

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

  2. 2 obsolete :  an outburst especially of passion

Origin and Etymology of flaw

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flaga gust, squall


First Known Use: 1513


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flaw

noun

Definition of flaw

  1. 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. 2 obsolete :  fragment

flawed

play \ˈflȯd\ adjective

flawless

play \ˈflȯ-ləs\ adjective

flawlessly

adverb

flawlessness

noun

Origin and Etymology of flaw

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


First Known Use: 1586


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flaw

verb

Definition of flaw

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make flaws in :  mar

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become defective

Examples of flaw in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of flaw

see 2flaw


First Known Use: 1610


FLAW Defined for Kids

flaw

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noun \ˈflȯ\

Definition of flaw for Students

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

flawless

\-ləs\ adjective


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