[ flawd ]
/ flɔd /


characterized by flaws; having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.

Origin of flawed

First recorded in 1595–1605; flaw1 + -ed3

Related forms

flawed·ness, nounnon·flawed, adjectiveun·flawed, adjective

Definition for flawed (2 of 2)


[ flaw ]
/ flɔ /


a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
a crack, break, breach, or rent.

verb (used with object)

to produce a flaw in.

verb (used without object)

to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.

Origin of flaw

1275–1325; Middle English flaw(e), flage, perhaps < Old Norse flaga sliver, flake

Related forms

flaw·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See defect.
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British Dictionary definitions for flawed (1 of 2)


/ (flɔː) /


an imperfection, defect, or blemish
a crack, breach, or rift
law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding


to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect

Derived Forms

flawless, adjectiveflawlessly, adverbflawlessness, noun

Word Origin for flaw

C14: probably from Old Norse flaga stone slab; related to Swedish flaga chip, flake, flaw

British Dictionary definitions for flawed (2 of 2)


/ (flɔː) /


  1. a sudden short gust of wind; squall
  2. a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
obsolete an outburst of strong feeling

Derived Forms

flawy, adjective

Word Origin for flaw

C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian flaga squall, gust, Middle Dutch vlāghe
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