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flake +‎ -y (having the quality of)


  • IPA(key): /ˈfleɪkiː/
  • (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; prone to make plans with others but then abandon those plans.
  3. (informal, of a thing) Unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; prone to cease functioning properly.
    • 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.
    I cannot enjoy the online game because of my flaky Internet connection.

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