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

Nearby words

  1. flavour,
  2. flavour enhancer,
  3. flavourful,
  4. flavouring,
  5. flaw,
  6. flawless,
  7. flawlessly,
  8. flax,
  9. flax kit,
  10. flaxen

Origin of flawed

First recorded in 1595–1605; flaw1 + -ed3

Related formsflawed·ness, nounnon·flawed, adjectiveun·flawed, adjective




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 formsflaw·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See defect.

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British Dictionary definitions for flawed




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 Formsflawless, adjectiveflawlessly, adverbflawlessness, noun

Word Origin for flaw

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




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

Word Origin for flaw

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

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Word Origin and History for flawed
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