Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of or resembling flakes.
  • adj. Forming or tending to form flakes or thin, crisp fragments: flaky pastry.
  • adj. Slang Somewhat eccentric; odd: "that slightly flakey quality, in joy as well as in grief, that prepares us subtly for the mad scenes to come” ( Village Voice).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
  • adj. Unreliable; prone to make plans with others but then abandon those plans.
  • adj. Unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; prone to cease functioning properly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
  • adj. prone to strange or erratic behavior; -- of persons.
  • adj. odd, unpredictable or unconventional; offbeat; whacky; -- of behavior.
  • adj. unpredictable, erratic, or unreliable; -- of machinery, especially electronic devices.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of flakes or locks; lying or cleaving off in flakes or layers; flake-like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
  • adj. made of or easily forming flakes
  • adj. made of or resembling flakes

Etymologies

flake + -y ("having the quality of") (Wiktionary)

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