Meaning of FLAKE in English


I. flake 1 /fleɪk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: From a Scandinavian language; related to Norwegian flak 'disk' ]

1 . a small thin piece that breaks away easily from something else

flake of

flakes of snow

chocolate flakes

⇨ ↑ snowflake

2 . American English informal someone who seems strange or who often forgets things SYN space cadet

II. flake 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . ( also flake off ) [intransitive] to break off in small thin pieces:

The paint is beginning to flake off.

Use a moisturising cream to stop your skin flaking.

2 . [intransitive and transitive] to break fish or another food into small thin pieces, or to break in this way:

Poach the fish until it flakes easily.

Remove the skin and flake the flesh.

flake out phrasal verb informal

1 . British English to fall asleep because you are extremely tired:

Phil’s flaked out on the sofa.

2 . American English to do something strange, or to not do what you said you would do

flake out on

Kathy said she’d help but she flaked out on us.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.