- 1[intransitive] flake (off) to fall off in small thin pieces You could see bare wood where the paint had flaked off. His skin was dry and flaking.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] flake (something) to break something, especially fish or other food into small thin pieces; to fall into small thin pieces Flake the tuna and add to the sauce. flaked almonds Word Originverb Middle English: the immediate source is unknown, the senses perhaps deriving from different words; probably of Germanic origin and related to flag ‘flagstone’ and flaw.
BrE BrE//fleɪk//; NAmE NAmE//fleɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flake
BrE BrE//fleɪk//; NAmE NAmE//fleɪk//he / she / it flakes
BrE BrE//fleɪks//; NAmE NAmE//fleɪks//past simple flaked
BrE BrE//fleɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//fleɪkt//past participle flaked
BrE BrE//fleɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//fleɪkt//-ing form flaking
BrE BrE//ˈfleɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfleɪkɪŋ//