adjective, flak·i·er, flak·i·est.
Origin of flaky
Examples from the Web for flaky
It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.
Its flaky and slightly burned crust was reminiscent of crème brulee.
The phyllo cooks until golden, crisp, and flaky, and the cheesy spinach filling is addictive, to say the least.
It was brown as to crust, and flaky and light as to interior.In the Midst of Alarms|Robert Barr
These rays caught the flaky clouds above Samothrace, and just pencilled their outline with a tiny rim of gold and fire.Tell England|Ernest Raymond
Our talk flagged and the fire grew gray in its flaky ashes before Fanny again appeared.
The fresh bread and good butter, and the flaky wedges of apple pie, each flanked by its pilot of cheese, were likewise enjoyed.The Girls of Hillcrest Farm|Amy Bell Marlowe
With the tarpans of the northern Steppes it is thick, flaky, and frizzled.The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
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]