From Middle English flawe, flay (“a flake of fire or snow, spark, splinter”), probably from Old Norse flaga (“a flag or slab of stone, flake”), from Proto-Germanic *flagō (“a layer of soil”), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“broad, flat”). Cognate with Icelandic flaga (“flake”), Swedish flaga (“flake, scale”), Danish flage (“flake”), Middle Low German vlage (“a layer of soil”), Old English flōh (“a frament, piece”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈflɔː/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈflɔ/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈflɑ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː
- Homophone: floor (in non-rhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)
flaw (plural flaws)
- (obsolete) A flake, fragment, or shiver.
- (obsolete) A thin cake, as of ice.
- A crack or breach, a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
- There is a flaw in that knife.
- That vase has a flaw.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv]:
- This heart / Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws.
- A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
- 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
- Has not this also its flaws and its dark side?
- See also Thesaurus:defect
- (transitive) To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
- (intransitive) To become imperfect or defective; to crack or break.
Probably Middle Dutch vlāghe or Middle Low German vlāge. Or, of North Germanic origin, from Swedish flaga (“gust of wind”), from Old Norse flaga; all from Proto-Germanic *flagōn-. See modern Dutch vlaag (“gust of wind”).
flaw (plural flaws)
- A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration; windflaw.
- A storm of short duration.
- A sudden burst of noise and disorder
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- To faint.