Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

flake4

[fleyk]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb, flaked, flak·ing.
  1. flake out, Slang. to fall asleep; take a nap.

Origin of flake4

1935–40; perhaps expressive variant of flag3; compare British dialect flack to hang loosely, flap
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for flake-out

flake1

noun
  1. a small thin piece or layer chipped off or detached from an object or substance; scale
  2. a small piece or particlea flake of snow
  3. a thin layer or stratum
  4. archaeol
    1. a fragment removed by chipping or hammering from a larger stone used as a tool or weaponSee also blade
    2. (as modifier)flake tool
  5. slang, mainly US an eccentric, crazy, or unreliable person
verb
  1. to peel or cause to peel off in flakes; chip
  2. to cover or become covered with or as with flakes
  3. (tr) to form into flakes
Derived Formsflaker, noun

Word Origin

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flak disc, Middle Dutch vlacken to flutter

flake2

noun
  1. a rack or platform for drying fish or other produce

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse flaki; related to Dutch vlaak hurdle

flake3

verb
  1. nautical another word for fake 1

flake4

noun
  1. (in Australia) the commercial name for the meat of the gummy shark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for flake-out

flake

v.

early 15c., "to fall in flakes," from flake (n.). Related: Flaked; flaking.

flake

n.

"thin, flat piece," early 14c., possibly from Old English *flacca "flakes of snow," from Old Norse flak "loose or torn piece" (related to Old Norse fla "to skin," see flay), from Proto-Germanic *flago- (cf. Middle Dutch vlac, Dutch vlak "flat, level," Middle High German vlach, German Flocke "flake"); from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat," extended form of root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flake-out in Science

flake

[flāk]
  1. A relatively thin, sharp-edged stone fragment removed from a core or from another flake by striking or prying, serving as a tool or blade itself or as a blank for making other tools. See more at flake tool.
  2. A small, symmetrical, six-sided crystal of snow. Flakes can be large or small and wet or dry, depending on weather conditions. They are white in color because of their large number of reflecting surfaces.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.