flaky

or flak·ey

[ fley-kee ]
/ ˈfleɪ ki /

adjective, flak·i·er, flak·i·est.

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

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Examples from the Web for flakiness

  • 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

flaky

/ (ˈfleɪkɪ) /

adjective flakier or flakiest

like or made of flakes
tending to peel off or break easily into flakes
Also: flakey US slang eccentric; crazy

Derived Forms

flakily, adverbflakiness, noun
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