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also flak·ey  (flā′kē)
adj. flak·i·er, flak·i·est
1. Made of or resembling flakes.
2. Forming or tending to form flakes or thin, crisp fragments: flaky pastry.
3. Slang
a. Undependable, as in keeping social engagements: a flaky friend who is always late.
b. 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).

flak′i·ly adv.
flak′i·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flakiness - informal terms for insanity
insanity - relatively permanent disorder of the mind
2.flakiness - having or breaking into thin crisp flakes
brittleness, crispiness, crispness - firm but easily broken
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