flag day = F = flamage

flaky adj.

(var sp. `flakey') Subject to frequent lossage. This use is of course related to the common slang use of the word to describe a person as eccentric, crazy, or just unreliable. A system that is flaky is working, sort of -- enough that you are tempted to try to use it -- but fails frequently enough that the odds in favor of finishing what you start are low. Commonwealth hackish prefers dodgy or wonky.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Flak"y (?), a.

Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.

<--2. (of persons) = prone to strange behavior; (of actions) odd or unconventional = offbeat, whacky -->

What showers of mortal hail, what flaky fires! Watts.

A flaky weight of winter's purest snows. Wordsworth.


© Webster 1913.

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