Etymology
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flake (n.)

"thin flat piece of snow; a particle," early 14c., also flauke, flagge, which is of uncertain origin, possibly from Old English *flacca "flakes of snow," or from cognate Old Norse flak "flat piece," from Proto-Germanic *flakaz (source also of Middle Dutch vlac, Dutch vlak "flat, level," Middle High German vlach, German Flocke "flake"); from PIE root *plak- (1) "to be flat." From late 14c. as "a speck, a spot."

flake (v.)

early 15c., flaken, (of snow) "to fall in flakes," from flake (n.). Transitive meaning "break or peel off in flakes" is from 1620s; intransitive sense of "to come off in flakes" is from 1759. . Related: Flaked; flaking.

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Definitions of flake
1
flake (v.)
form into flakes;
The substances started to flake
flake (v.)
cover with flakes or as if with flakes;
flake (v.)
come off in flakes or thin small pieces;
Synonyms: peel off / peel / flake off
2
flake (n.)
a crystal of snow;
Synonyms: snowflake
flake (n.)
a person with an unusual or odd personality;
Synonyms: eccentric / eccentric person / oddball / geek
flake (n.)
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole;
Synonyms: bit / chip / fleck / scrap
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