Flaky Flak"y, a. 1. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike. [1913 Webster]

What showers of mortal hail, what flaky fires! --Watts. [1913 Webster]

A flaky weight of winter's purest snows. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. prone to strange or erratic behavior; -- of persons. [PJC]

3. odd, unpredictable or unconventional; offbeat; whacky; -- of behavior. [PJC]

4. unpredictable, erratic, or unreliable; -- of machinery, especially electronic devices. ``a flaky computer board.'' [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flaky — UK [ˈfleɪkɪ] / US adjective Word forms flaky : adjective flaky comparative flakier superlative flakiest 1) a) breaking easily into small flat pieces flaky chocolate b) breaking off a surface in small flat pieces flaky paintwork/skin 2) informal… …   English dictionary

  • flaky — I. adjective also flakey (flakier; est) Date: 1580 1. consisting of flakes < flaky snow > 2. tending to flake < a flaky crust > • flakiness noun II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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