Definition of flake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flake

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. 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.

    flake out.

    sense 1 late 15th cent. (in the senses ‘become languid’ and (of a garment) ‘fall in folds’): variant of obsolete flack and the verb flag ‘to become tired’. The current sense dates from the 1940s.
    Phrasal Verbsflake out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flake

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