adjective, flak·i·er, flak·i·est.
- flake out,
- flake tool,
- flake white,
- flaky pastry,
- flamborough head
Origin of flaky
Examples from the Web for flakey
These should be light and flakey if made according to directions.
It was dark in colour and flakey—such an ash as is only made by a Trichinopoly.A Study In Scarlet|Arthur Conan Doyle
adjective flakier or flakiest
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]