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.

Definitions of flake
  1. noun
    a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
    synonyms: bit, chip, fleck, scrap
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    fragments of wood
    exfoliation, scale, scurf
    a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
    (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
    small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
    loose scales shed from the scalp
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    a piece broken off or cut off of something else
  2. verb
    come off in flakes or thin small pieces
    synonyms: flake off, peel, peel off
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    break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
    break off (a piece from a whole)
  3. verb
    form into flakes
    “The substances started to flake
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    assume a form or shape
  4. verb
    cover with flakes or as if with flakes
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  5. noun
    a crystal of snow
    synonyms: snowflake
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    a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
  6. noun
    a person with an unusual or odd personality
    synonyms: eccentric, eccentric person, geek, oddball
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    crackpot, crank, fruitcake, nut, nut case, screwball
    a whimsically eccentric person
    nutter, wacko, whacko
    a person who is regarded as eccentric or mad
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    anomaly, unusual person
    a person who is unusual
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