AskDefine | Define flake

Dictionary Definition



1 a crystal of snow [syn: snowflake]
2 a person with an unusual or odd personality [syn: eccentric, eccentric person, oddball, geek]
3 a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye" [syn: bit, chip, fleck, scrap]


1 form into flakes; "The substances started to flake"
2 cover with flakes or as if with flakes
3 come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my house is peeling off" [syn: peel off, peel, flake off]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /fleɪk/, /fleIk/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪk

Etymology 1

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  1. A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a film; flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow, paint, or fish.
  2. A prehistoric tool chipped out of stone.
  3. A person who is flighty, unreliable or impractical.
    She makes pleasant conversation, but she's kind of a flake when it comes time for action.
thin chiplike layer


  1. To break or chip off in a flake.
    The paint flaked off after only a year.
  2. To prove unreliable or impractical; to abandon or desert, to fail to follow through.
    He said he'd come and help, but he flaked.
  3. In the context of "technical": To store an item such as rope in layers
    The line is flaked into the container for easy attachment and deployment.

Etymology 2


  1. The meat of the gummy shark.


Extensive Definition

Flake may refer to:
In food preparation:
In science:
In music:
In film and literature:
  • Flakes (film), a 2007 film with Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel
  • Flakes (manga), a manga anthology by Naoki Yamamoto
  • Flake, a fictional rat in The Deptford Mouselets series of novels by Robin Jarvis
flake in German: Flake
flake in Russian: flake

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aliene, arrange in layers, avalanche, band, bar, bedlamite, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, bit, blizzard, blotch, borderline case, character, check, checker, chip, collapse, crackbrain, crackpot, crank, crystal, dandruff, dapple, delaminate, dement, demoniac, desquamate, dot, driven snow, eccentric, energumen, erratic, exfoliate, fanatic, flake off, fleck, floccule, flocculus, flock, flurry, fou, fragment, freak, freckle, granular snow, harlequin, idiot, igloo, iris, keel over, kook, lamina, laminate, lay down, lay up, layer, loon, loony, lunatic, maculate, madman, maniac, mantle of snow, marble, marbleize, meshuggenah, mogul, motley, mottle, noncompos, nonconformist, nut, oddball, paring, particle, pass out, pepper, phrenetic, piece, polychrome, polychromize, rainbow, raving lunatic, recluse, scale, scale off, scrap, screwball, scurf, shaving, sliver, slosh, slush, snow, snow banner, snow bed, snow blanket, snow blast, snow fence, snow flurry, snow roller, snow slush, snow squall, snow wreath, snow-crystal, snowball, snowbank, snowbridge, snowcap, snowdrift, snowfall, snowfield, snowflake, snowland, snowman, snowscape, snowshed, snowslide, snowslip, snowstorm, spangle, speck, speckle, splotch, spot, sprinkle, stigmatize, stipple, strange duck, stratify, streak, striate, stripe, stud, tattoo, tessellate, tuft, variegate, vein, wafer, weirdo, wet snow
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