flake

A flake is a tiny piece of something. A flake could be a tasty morsel like a croissant flake, or a not so tasty morsel — like a dandruff flake. Ewww.

In some places, you can see flakes of mica, a shiny glimmering mineral, lining the banks of a pond or paths through the woods. There are also croissant flakes, dandruff flakes, and of course snow flakes, individual snow crystals. When something flakes, it comes off in tiny flecks: "The paint had started to flake off the kitchen wall." If someone calls you a flake, they basically mean you're a weirdo.

Primary Meanings of flake

1.
nv
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
come off in flakes or thin small pieces
2.
n
a crystal of snow
3.
n
a person with an unusual or odd personality
Full Definitions of flake
1

n a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

Synonyms:
bit, chip, fleck, scrap
Types:
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matchwood
fragments of wood
exfoliation, scale, scurf
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
scurf
(botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
sliver, splinter
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
dander
small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
dandruff
loose scales shed from the scalp
Type of:
fragment
a piece broken off or cut off of something else

v come off in flakes or thin small pieces

Synonyms:
flake off, peel, peel off
Type of:
break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
break off (a piece from a whole)

v form into flakes

“The substances started to flake
Type of:
form
assume a form or shape

v cover with flakes or as if with flakes

Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
2

n a crystal of snow

Synonyms:
snowflake
Type of:
crystal
a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
3

n a person with an unusual or odd personality

Synonyms:
eccentric, eccentric person, geek, oddball
Types:
crackpot, crank, fruitcake, nut, nut case, screwball
a whimsically eccentric person
nutter, wacko, whacko
a person who is regarded as eccentric or mad
Type of:
anomaly, unusual person
a person who is unusual

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