Crossword clues for flaky
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Flaky \Flak"y\, a.
Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
What showers of mortal hail, what flaky fires!
A flaky weight of winter's purest snows.
prone to strange or erratic behavior; -- of persons.
odd, unpredictable or unconventional; offbeat; whacky; -- of behavior.
unpredictable, erratic, or unreliable; -- of machinery, especially electronic devices. ``a flaky computer board.''
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1570s, "consisting of flakes," from flake + -y (2). Meaning "eccentric, crazy" first recorded 1959, said to be American English baseball slang, but probably from earlier druggie slang flake "cocaine" (1920s). Flake (n.) "eccentric person" is a 1968 back-formation from it. Related: Flakiness.\nThe term 'flake' needs explanation. It's an insider's word, used throughout baseball, usually as an adjective; someone is considered 'flaky.' It does not mean anything so crude as 'crazy,' but it's well beyond 'screwball' and far off to the side of 'eccentric.' ["New York Times," April 26, 1964]
a. 1 Consisting of flake or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike. 2 (context informal of a person English) unreliable; prone to make plans with others but then abandon those plans. 3 (context informal of a thing English) unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; prone to cease functioning properly. alt. 1 Consisting of flake or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike. 2 (context informal of a person English) unreliable; prone to make plans with others but then abandon those plans. 3 (context informal of a thing English) unreliable; working only on an intermittent basis; prone to cease functioning properly.
adj. made of or easily forming flakes [syn: flakey]
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics" [syn: bizarre, eccentric, freakish, freaky, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre]
Usage examples of "flaky".
But for GalacTech, it meant that human bioengineering experiments could at last be carried out without involving a lot of flaky foster-mothers to carry the implanted embryos.
Soon a white, flaky deposit will be observed, which will become more and more dense, and finally fine grains will be seen precipitated at the bottom of the bottle.
Once they had left the flooded river area the three were able to speed up their progress as they stomped over the wet grass on the flats and passed through an open land scape and under giant marri gums with thick trunks covered with grey to brownish-grey flaky bark.
Making a section through a mass of snow which has accumulated in many successive falls, we note that the top may still have the flaky character, but that as we go down the flakes are replaced by adherent shotlike bodies, which have arisen from the partial melting and gathering to their centres of the original expanded crystalline bits.
This was flaky followed by loam-covered solid surface with more slatelike shingles above the treeline.
With an art founded on Paolo Veronese, he produced decorative ceilings and panels of high quality, with wonderful invention, a limpid brush, and a light flaky color peculiarly appropriate to the walls of churches and palaces.
Maybe it had been a bit of a hot spot during the Soviet era, but from what I could see of it in my headlights and the occasional functioning streetlight, it was now very tired and flaky, the Estonian equivalent of those Victorian places in Britain that reached their expiration date in the seventies when everyone started getting on planes to Spain.
There were flaky rolls stuffed with sausage, and little cakes with tart fruit filling, and plain oatcakes, simple and hearty.
Want your flaky friends giving galas for jailbirds with a tax writeoff helping the blacks without getting their hands dirty same thing Liz, your brother and his greasy Buddhists same God damn thing.
She leaned back against the dry, flaky bark of the sycamore, releasing Dacey so he couldn't feel the sudden clamminess of her hands.
I'm sure she's thrilled at the opportunity to watch the Krazy KoKo-Nut cookoff in all its flaky splendor.
Finally, Bates brought in tiny flaky pastries stuffed with finely diced fruit in chocolate and cinnamon sauce.
The meal that followed was one of the most sensual I ever experienced: fresh, tender bread with a crust of flaky layers, spread with a buttery pate, Boston lettuce with a delicate vinaigrette, sand dabs sauté.
Maybe the mood is too flaky for, you know, the Bull Session to start tonight.
Now Geno stood far back, hammer in one heavy-gauntleted hand and bag of the same flaky substance in the other.