Definition of flaky in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfleɪki/
(also flakey)

adjective (flakier, flakiest)

1Breaking or separating easily into flakes: she ate flaky rolls spread with cherry jam
More example sentences
  • Korean rice is said to be ‘moist and stuck together’ while Chinese rice is ‘separated and flaky.’
  • Don't forget to try those mouth watering, flaky, pastry sausage rolls.
  • Mature plants, which often grow wider than they grow tall, develop a good framework of stems with flaky fawn bark.
2 informal Liable to act in an unconventional or eccentric way: a game-show host with a penchant for flaky blondes
More example sentences
  • But until you see it and hold it, it's merely a concept, a flaky idea, something that may happen.
  • New ideas, even rather flaky ones, were treated hospitably.
  • Venture capitalists are taking lots of heat for making some big bets on some pretty flaky ideas.
2.1(Of a device or software) prone to break down; unreliable.
Example sentences
  • The software is too flaky, and employees keep breaking the screens.
  • Perhaps flaky software with little protection against hackers was okay when personal computers were a hobby thing - but today they're the backbone of virtually every business and government on the planet.
  • Unfortunately the interface for copying music from my computer to the device was rubbish, the drivers and firmware were flaky, and I could never get it to run properly under Windows 2000.



Example sentences
  • It refers to increasing amounts of flakiness on the scalp.
  • There is a flakiness about Ginger; she is captivating, sexy and vulnerable, but also headstrong and determined not to lose.
  • It may even be a positive advantage to have a certain emotional flakiness.



Words that rhyme with flaky

achy, Blakey, quaky, shaky, snaky, wakey-wakey

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: flaky

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.