[syn: bizarre, eccentric, freakish, freaky, flaky, flakey, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flaky \Flak"y\, a.
1. Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or
cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
What showers of mortal hail, what flaky fires!
A flaky weight of winter's purest snows.
2. prone to strange or erratic behavior; -- of persons.
3. odd, unpredictable or unconventional; offbeat; whacky; --
4. unpredictable, erratic, or unreliable; -- of machinery,
especially electronic devices. "a flaky computer board."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: made of or resembling flakes; "flaky soap" [syn: flaky,
2: made of or easily forming flakes [syn: flaky, flakey]
3: conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual;
"restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like
a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish
combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the
outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage
antics" [syn: bizarre, eccentric, freakish, freaky,
flaky, flakey, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
173 Moby Thesaurus words for "flaky":
abnormal, anomalous, apish, arbitrary, asinine, asperous, balmy,
bananas, barmy, bats, batty, beany, befooled, beguiled, besotted,
bonkers, brainless, branny, buffoonish, buggy, bughouse, bugs,
capricious, chalklike, chalky, cockeyed, comminute, comminuted,
crackers, crank, crankish, cranky, crazy, credulous, crotchety,
crushed, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dazed, detrital, detrited, deviant,
deviative, different, dippy, disintegrated, divergent, dizzy,
doting, dotty, dumb, dusty, eccentric, efflorescent, erratic,
exceptional, fanciful, fantasied, fantastic, farinaceous,
fatuitous, fatuous, fey, fine, flipped, flocculent, floury, fond,
fool, foolheaded, foolish, freaked-out, freakish, fruitcakey,
fruity, fuddled, funny, furfuraceous, futile, gaga, gone to dust,
goofy, grated, ground, gulled, harebrained, haywire, humorsome,
idiocratic, idiosyncratic, idiotic, imbecile, impalpable, inane,
inept, infatuated, insane, irregular, just plain nuts, kinky,
kooky, lentiginous, lepidote, levigated, loony, loopy, mad,
maggoty, maudlin, mealy, milled, moody, moronic, motiveless,
notional, nuts, nutty, odd, oddball, off the hinges, off the track,
off the wall, peculiar, pestled, petulant, potty, powdered,
powdery, pulverant, pulverized, pulverulent, queer, quirky,
reduced to powder, round the bend, sappy, scabby, scabious,
scabrous, scaly, scobicular, scobiform, screwball, screwballs,
screwy, scurfy, senseless, sentimental, sharded, shredded, silly,
singular, slaphappy, squamous, strange, stupid, temperamental,
thoughtless, triturated, twisted, unconventional, unnatural,
unreasonable, unrestrained, vagarious, vagrant, wacky, wanton,
wayward, wet, whimsical, witless
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
(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 Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
(Or "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 favour of finishing what you start are low.
Commonwealth hackish prefers dodgy.