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or flakey

[fley-kee] /ˈfleɪ ki/
adjective, flakier, flakiest.
of or like flakes.
lying or cleaving off in flakes or layers.
Slang. eccentric; wacky; dizzy:
a flaky math professor.
Origin of flaky
1570-80; 1965-70 for def 3; flake1 + -y1; sense of def. 3 probably flake4 + -y1, though influenced by flake1
Related forms
flakily, adverb
flakiness, noun
nonflakily, adverb
nonflakilyness, noun
nonflaky, adjective
unflaky, adjective Unabridged
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  • The flakiness of pastry depends upon the kind and amount of shortening used.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
British Dictionary definitions for flakiness


adjective flakier, flakiest
like or made of flakes
tending to peel off or break easily into flakes
(US, slang) Also flakey. eccentric; crazy
Derived Forms
flakily, adverb
flakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flakiness



1570s, from flake + -y (2). Meaning "eccentric, crazy" first recorded 1959, said to be American English baseball slang, but probably from earlier druggie slang flake "cocaine" (1920s). Flake "eccentric person" is a 1968 back-formation from it.

The term 'flake' needs explanation. It's an insider's word, used throughout baseball, usually as an adjective; someone is considered 'flaky.' It does not mean anything so crude as 'crazy,' but it's well beyond 'screwball' and far off to the side of 'eccentric.' ["New York Times," April 26, 1964]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flakiness



  1. Colorfully eccentric; uoyantly individualisti (1960s+ Baseball)
  2. Insane; screwy, wacky: a flaky old professor, a snake expert (1960s+)
  3. Disoriented; barely conscious; dizzy: He played the last 23 minutes of the game in a condition that was described as ''flaky'' and ''fuzzy'' (1960s+)

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