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Webster 1913 Edition


Flaky

Flak′y

,
Adj.
1.
Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
What showers of mortal hail, what
flaky
fires!
Watts.
A
flaky
weight of winter’s purest snows.
Wordsworth.

Webster 1828 Edition


Flaky

FLA'KY

, a.
1.
Consisting of flakes or locks; consisting of small loose masses.
2.
Lying in flakes; consisting of layers, or cleaving off in layers.

Definition 2022


flaky

flaky

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flaky (comparative flakier, superlative flakiest)

  1. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
  2. (informal, of a person) Unreliable; prone to make plans with others but then abandon those plans.
  3. (informal, of a thing) Unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; prone to cease functioning properly.
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport:
      Toeava went over unopposed to stretch his side's lead but Japan got on the scoreboard on 56 minutes, wing Hirotoki Onozawa intercepting an attempted offload from Slade, who had a rather flaky game, and running in from the All Blacks' 10m line.
    I cannot enjoy the online game because of my flaky Internet connection.

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