Definition of flaky in English:


(also flakey)

Pronunciation /ˈflākē/ /ˈfleɪki/

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adjectiveflakier, flakiest

  • 1Breaking or separating easily into small thin pieces.

    ‘a tree with flaky bark’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seborrheic dermatitis usually causes the skin to look a little greasy, and scaly or flaky.’
    • ‘Ringworm of the scalp may start as a small sore that resembles a pimple before becoming patchy, flaky, or scaly.’
    • ‘Psoriasis, a skin condition characterised by flaky, crusty patches topped with silvery scales, is most often found on the knees, elbows and scalp, areas that are difficult to hide when temperatures rise.’
    • ‘Psoriasis usually appears as red or inflamed patches of skin which are covered in a silver or white scale (i.e. flaky skin).’
    • ‘Brown contact lenses create the glassy, belligerent stare; prosthetics conjure the flaky skin.’
    • ‘The flesh was moist and flaky, and the skin had a bit of a charcoal taste to it.’
    • ‘If it is flaky or peeling in more than any areas that have received obvious damage, (like water lifting on one spot on a top) you'll want to remove it.’
    • ‘Too much of everything - stress, sun, late nights and unhealthy food - takes its toll on your skin, making it look pasty, dull or flaky.’
    • ‘Dolphins have extremely soft, flaky skin which they shed every two hours.’
    • ‘With her flaky skin, bad teeth and straggly hair, she's almost unrecognisable.’
    • ‘The croissants are flaky and buttery (I think they're the best I've tried in Calgary) and the almond croissants are unbelievably decadent.’
    • ‘Blanketing a heartwarming stew with a flaky brown crust is a great idea.’
    • ‘Soap tightens the skin, leaving you more prone to cuts and, post-shaving, flaky legs.’
    • ‘There is a funny light and flaky snow this morning that reminds me of feathers - easy to dust off, but whimsical - I'll call it ‘boa snow’.’
    • ‘Light, flaky pastries made of tissue-thin dough with fruit and nut fillings.’
    • ‘The pastry was light and flaky, and the insides were pleasant enough, if a little lacking in spice.’
    flaking, peeling, cracking, scaly, blistering
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    1. 1.1(especially of skin or paint) tending to crack and come away from a surface in small pieces.
      ‘the skin on the shins is often very flaky and dry’
      • ‘Before bathing, gently massage the mixture all over your body to increase circulation and remove dry, flaky skin.’
      • ‘To avoid dry, flaky skin, consume enough calories and make protein roughly 25% of your total daily calorie intake.’
      • ‘Newborns don't produce oil from their sebaceous glands until several weeks after their birth, which is why they often appear to have dry, flaky skin.’
      • ‘I use it on my hands and elbows to coddle dry, flaky skin.’
      • ‘Diets severely lacking in protein or fat can turn skin dry and flaky.’
      • ‘Coupled with intense preening, it will cause some owners to think that the bird has dry, flaky, itchy skin.’
      • ‘As central heating and the resulting dry air take their toll, combat dry, flaky skin by swapping your daily face cream for a super-rich moisturiser.’
      • ‘This isn't dandruff, this is very definitely just dry, flaky skin.’
      • ‘In the elderly this often means hardening toenails and dry, flaky or hard skin on vulnerable parts of the feet.’
      • ‘A disaster his room was, the floor appeared as if the ceiling had fallen in flaky pieces, cluttering an already stained carpet.’
      • ‘This is a shot of the shock body showing flaky paint and grease.’
      • ‘Some people who develop eczema are also predisposed to dry, flaky skin.’
      • ‘Zirconium usually occurs as a hard, grayish white metal, whose surface has a flaky appearance.’
      • ‘The result is a concrete surface somewhat like the flaky layers of a croissant.’
      • ‘Eczema is a skin condition, which can result in dry, red and flaky skin.’
      • ‘Dry skin can look leathery, dry and flaky, and will lose the elasticity it needs to stay firm and young-looking.’
      • ‘His skin was red, clearly dry and flaky, as if he had been overexposed to the sun.’
      • ‘And if you've had problems with a dry, flaky scalp then you've probably had winter dandruff.’
      • ‘My appearance was disheveled and my complexion had a dry, flaky quality of an old sunburn.’
      • ‘If your lips are dry and flaky, which can get in the way of applying lip color smoothly, use your toothbrush to gently exfoliate.’
  • 2informal Crazy or eccentric.

    • ‘flaky ideas about taxes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's worthwhile to consider the consequences of even the most flaky ideas, although the chance of any of them actually panning out in the long run is not very high.’
    • ‘When we see him doing weird and bizarre things - like tossing furniture from upstairs windows - it's natural to assume he's beyond eccentric and into the seriously flaky.’
    • ‘‘At the very best, he is unreliable; at worst, he is flaky and irrational’.’
    • ‘She gleefully portrays the dual roles of Rose's flaky adoptive mother Claire and Rose's native godmother Maddie.’
    • ‘Nothing worked, least of all the pressure on the general, who seemed to become ever more flaky as the crisis developed.’
    • ‘Although the man is accused by some conservatives in Brazil of being flaky, in person it is his wisdom and humility that shine out.’
    • ‘You will need a web persona - something flaky and amusing.’
    • ‘At the very best, he is unreliable; at worst, he is flaky and irrational.’
    • ‘I was trapped with my flaky mother in a too-small car loaded with all of our worldly possessions, driving to a forsaken destination.’
    • ‘As pent-up Paul is forced to work with flaky, fun-loving Becky to cover up evidence of their supposed indiscretion, and avoid her violent cop ex-boyfriend, he realizes who his true love is.’
    1. 2.1(of a device or software) prone to break down; unreliable.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was fortunate that the flaky software was a general update because it's likely that fewer people were affected by problems than might be the case with a patch.’
      • ‘I seem to remember seeing an expert say that a paper trail could compensate for flaky machines, and that there are ways to make the machines significantly hack-proof.’
      • ‘Secondly, it means that devices using these schemes will be just plain flaky.’
      • ‘The free network connection is a little flaky, with the signal fading in and out.’
      • ‘The main drawback is its slightly flaky in-game camera feature, which does not always let you see the action from the best angles.’
      • ‘I get a new fuse to replace the flaky one tomorrow.’