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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Flake
  1. A paling; a hurdle.(prov. Eng)
  2. A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish and other things."You shall also, after they be ripe, neither suffer them to have straw nor fern under them, but lay them either upon some smooth table, boards, or flakes of wands, and they will last the longer." [English Husbandman.]
  3. [Naut] A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for workmen to stand on in calking, etc.

Etymology: Cf. Icel. flaki fleki, Dan. flage, D. vlaak

noun Flake
  1. A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a film; flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow, tallow, or fish."Lottle flakesof scurf." [Addison.]"Great flakes of ice encompassing our boat." [Evelyn.]
  2. A little particle of lighted or incandescent matter, darted from a fire; a flash."With flakes of ruddy fire." [Somerville.]
  3. [Bot] A sort of carnation with only two colors in the flower, the petals having large stripes.
  4. a person who behaves strangely; a flaky{2} person.(Colloq)

Etymology: Cf. Icel. flakna to flake off, split, flagna to flake off, Sw. flaga flaw, flake, flake plate, Dan. flage snowflake. Cf. Flag a flat stone

noun Flake
A flat layer, or fake, of a coiled cable.

Etymology: Etym. uncertain; cf. 1st Fake

verb Flake
To form into flakes.
verb Flake
To separate in flakes; to peel or scale off.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  2. A person with an unusual or odd personality
  3. A crystal of snow
  4. Come off in flakes or thin small pieces
  5. Cover with flakes or as if with flakes
  6. Form into flakes ("The substances started to flake")

From Middle English flake (“a flake of snow”), from Old English *flacca, from Old Norse flak (“loose or torn piece”), from Proto-Germanic *flaką (“something flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“flat, broad, plain”). Cognate with Norwegian flak (“slice, sliver”, literally “piece torn off”), Swedish flak (“a thin slice”), Danish flage (“flake”), German Flocke (“flake”), Dutch vlak (“smooth surface, plain”) and vlok (“flake”), Latin plaga (“flat surface, district, region”).

  1. A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything
    There were a few of paint on the floor from when we were painting the walls.
    of dandruff
  2. A scale of a fish or similar animal
  3. (archaeology) A prehistoric tool chipped out of stone.
  4. (informal) A person who is impractical, flighty, unreliable, or inconsistent; especially with maintaining a living.
    She makes pleasant conversation, but she's kind of a when it comes time for action.
  5. A carnation with only two colours in the flower, the petals having large stripes.

A name given to dogfish to improve its marketability as a food, perhaps from etymology 1.

  1. (Britain) Dogfish.
  2. (Australia) The meat of the gummy shark.

Compare Icelandic flaki?, fleki?, Danish flage, Dutch vlaak.

  1. (Britain, dialect) A paling; a hurdle.
  2. A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish and other things.
  3. (nautical) A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for workmen to stand on while calking, etc.
  4. (nautical) Alternative form of fake (“turn or coil of cable or hawser”)

    Notable Persons Named Flake

    Flake Lorenz is a neue deutsche härte musician. He has been prominent since 1983. Flake was given the name Christian Lorenz on November 16th, 1966 in East Berlin. Flake is also known as Doktor Lorenz and Flake.


    Flake was born on December 16th, 1902 in Decatur, Georgia. Flake is also known as Laird, Red; Laird, and Green. He left this life on April 10th, 1992.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Flake

    Jeff Flake is an office holder. Jeff was born on December 31st, 1962 in Snowflake, Arizona.


    Floyd Flake is a congressman. He was most active from 1987 to 1997. Floyd was born on January 30th, 1945 in Los Angeles.


    Emily was born on June 16th, 1977.


    Mary Elizabeth Flores is a politician, diplomat, and lawyer. Mary was given the name Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake on December 6th, 1973 in Tegucigalpa. Mary is also known as Lizzy.


    William was given the name William Jordan Flake on July 3rd, 1839 in North Carolina. He passed away on August 10th, 1932.


    Jake was born on August 4th, 1935 in Snowflake, Arizona, U.S. He died on June 8th, 2008.


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    Popularity of Flake as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Flake U.S.
      White 83.40% 64.26%
      African American 11.23% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.55% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Flake

    People with the last name Flake are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Flake

    • How Popular is the name Flake? Flake is the 48,851st most popular name of all time. As a last name Flake was the 7,676th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Flake have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45 babies born with the first name Flake in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Flake? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Flake first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Flake is Thursday, January 8th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Flake born? The highest recorded use of the first name Flake was in 1918 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Random Flake Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Flake is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1924.
    • Weird things about the name Flake: Your name in reverse order is Ekalf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Akfle. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Flake? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,326 people with the last name Flake.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Flake? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Flake as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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