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flake

1

[ fleyk ]

noun

  1. a small, flat, thin piece, especially one that has been or become detached from a larger piece or mass:

    flakes of old paint.

  2. any small piece or mass:

    a flake of snow.

  3. a stratum or layer.
  4. Slang. an eccentric person; screwball:

    My sister's new boyfriend is a real flake—I can't imagine why she goes out with him.

  5. Slang. cocaine.
  6. a usually broad, often irregular piece of stone struck from a larger core and sometimes retouched to form a flake tool.


verb (used without object)

, flaked, flak·ing.
  1. to peel off or separate in flakes.
  2. to fall in flakes, as snow.

verb (used with object)

, flaked, flak·ing.
  1. to remove in flakes.
  2. to break flakes or chips from; break into flakes:

    to flake fish for a casserole.

  3. to cover with or as if with flakes.
  4. to form into flakes.

flake

2

[ fleyk ]

noun

  1. a frame, as for drying fish.

flake

3

[ fleyk ]

verb (used with object)

, flaked, flak·ing.
  1. to lower (a fore-and-aft sail) so as to drape the sail equally on both sides over its boom.

flake

4

[ fleyk ]

verb (used without object)

, Slang.
, flaked, flak·ing.
  1. to back out of a plan, promise, engagement, agreement, etc.; fail to follow through on something (usually followed by out ):

    We had a 3 o’clock appointment, but he flaked on me an hour before.

  2. to fall asleep; take a nap (usually followed by out ):

    She drank way too much and flaked out on my couch.

flake

1

/ fleɪk /

noun

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


flake

2

/ fleɪk /

noun

  1. a small thin piece or layer chipped off or detached from an object or substance; scale
  2. a small piece or particle

    a 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 weapon See also blade
    2. ( as modifier )

      flake tool

  5. slang.
    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

flake

3

/ fleɪk /

noun

  1. (in Australia) the commercial name for the meat of the gummy shark

flake

4

/ fleɪk /

verb

  1. See fake
    nautical another word for fake 1

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.
  2. See more at flake tool
  3. 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.


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Derived Forms

  • ˈflaker, noun

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Other Words From

  • flakeless adjective
  • flaker noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flake1

First recorded in 1350–1400; (noun) Middle English; akin to Old English flac- in flacox “flying (said of arrows),” Old Norse flakka “to rove, wander,” Middle Dutch vlacken “to flutter”; flake 1def 4 by back formation from flaky, in sense “eccentric, odd”; (verb) late Middle English: “to fall in flakes,” derivative of the noun

Origin of flake2

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English flake, fleke, from Old Norse flaki, fleki “bridge, hurdle”

Origin of flake3

First recorded in 1620–30; apparently variant of fake 2

Origin of flake4

First recorded in 1935–40; perhaps expressive variant of flag 3; compare British dialect flack “to hang loosely, flap”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flake1

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

Origin of flake2

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

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Example Sentences

Getting my first job as a college graduate in 1976 and going outside with snow coming down and seeing a streetlight refract the flakes into a kaleidoscopic rainbow.

I fry the breadcrumbs in a Dutch oven with a generous amount of olive oil, five minced garlic cloves and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

The kitchen can adjust that dashi by omitting a few ingredients including bonito flakes to make it a vegan complement to plant-based dishes.

In a medium bowl, combine the panko, the 3 tablespoons of oil, the parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper flakes.

You’ll know your fish is ready to eat when the meat is opaque and flakes easily.

The 2014 midterm elections are just months behind us, but already Flake feels the pressure of the 2016 presidential elections.

Add olive oil to the pan and toss in the garlic and chili flake.

Visiting Gold Flake Paint is like talking to a brilliant friend who has exqusite taste that's just a bit different from yours.

Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio and Jeff Flake of Arizona also tumbled.

The Hispanic candidate Richard Carmona lost his Senate bid to Republican Jeff Flake.

See if you can strike off tiny flakes until the large flake looks like a spearhead.

After that Fleetfoot took great pains to learn how to flake flint points.

He pushed a flint flake back and forth upon one of the prongs of the antler.

You simply fastened a flake of flint in the cock and snapped it against a steel plate.

If you can strike off a large flint flake with three faces, see if you can make it into a knife-saw-file.

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