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From flake +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfleɪkiː/
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪki



flaky (comparative flakier, superlative flakiest)

  1. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
  2. (informal, of a person) Unreliable; likely to make plans with others but then abandon those plans.
    • 2014, Joseph Itiel, A Consumer's Guide to Male Hustlers:
      I have noticed that when hustlers upgrade themselves to models (as distinguished from models who have never hustled) they tend to continue being flaky about appointments. On my last trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was stood up twice.
  3. (informal, of a thing) Unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; likely due to malfunction.
    I cannot enjoy the online game because of my flaky Internet connection.
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Toeava went over unopposed to stretch his side's lead but Japan got on the scoreboard on 56 minutes, wing Hirotoki Onozawa intercepting an attempted offload from Slade, who had a rather flaky game, and running in from the All Blacks' 10m line.

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