Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “flaw”

See all translations

flaw

noun [C] uk   /flɔː/ us    /flɑː/
C1 a fault, mistake, or weakness, especially one that happens while something is being planned or made, or that causes something not to be perfect: I returned the material because it had a flaw in it. There's a fatal flaw in your reasoning. This report is full of flaws. a character flaw

flaw

verb [T] uk   /flɔː/ us    /flɑː/
to cause something to be not perfect: A tiny mark flawed the otherwise perfect silk shirt.
Translations of “flaw”
in Spanish defecto…
in French défaut…
in German der Fehler…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錯誤, 缺點, 缺陷,瑕疵…
in Russian изъян, недостаток…
in Turkish zaaf, zayıflık, kusur…
in Chinese (Simplified) 错误, 缺点, 缺陷,瑕疵…
in Polish błąd, skaza…
(Definition of flaw from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of flaw?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “flaw” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More