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”).
- 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
- A scale of a fish or similar animal
- (archaeology) A prehistoric tool chipped out of stone.
- (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.
- 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.
- (Britain) Dogfish.
- (Australia) The meat of the gummy shark.
Compare Icelandic flaki?, fleki?, Danish flage, Dutch vlaak.
- (Britain, dialect) A paling; a hurdle.
- A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish and other things.
- (nautical) A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for workmen to stand on while calking, etc.
- (nautical) Alternative form of fake (“turn or coil of cable or hawser”)