Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “flake”

flake

noun [C]  /fleɪk/ us  

flake noun [C] (THIN PIECE)

a small, thin piece, esp. of a layer on a surface: Flakes of paint fell from the ceiling.

flake noun [C] (PERSON)

infml a person who does not seem to pay attention and is sometimes silly: That guy is a real flake.

flake

verb [I] /fleɪk/

flake verb [I] (COME OFF IN PIECES)

to come off easily in small, thin, flat pieces: Plaster is flaking off the walls.
(Definition of flake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of flake?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “flake” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More