- The definition of a flaw is a mark or error that makes something faulty.
- An example of a flaw is a scratch on a gem.
- An example of a flaw is an incorrect name on a legal document.
- a break, scratch, crack, etc. that spoils something; blemish: a flaw in a diamond
- a defect; fault; error: a flaw in a legal document, in one's reasoning, etc.
Origin of flawMiddle English a flake, scale, splinter, probably ; from or akin to Old Norse flaga, thin layer: for Indo-European base see flake
Origin of flaw; from or akin to Old Norse flaga, sudden onset ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plāk-, an unverified form plāg-, to strike, beat from source flicker, Classical Latin plangere, to beat (the breast)
- An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness: a flaw in the crystal that caused it to shatter. See Synonyms at blemish.
- A defect or shortcoming in something intangible: The two leaders share the flaw of arrogance.
transitive verbflawed, flaw·ing, flaws
Origin of flawMiddle English flaue, splinter, perhaps from Old Norse flaga, slab of stone; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of flawProbably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish flaga, gust of wind.
- A crack or breach, a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
- There is a flaw in that knife.
- That vase has a flaw.
- A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
- A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid.
- a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute
(third-person singular simple present flaws, present participle flawing, simple past and past participle flawed)
- To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
- (intransitive) To become imperfect or defective.
From Middle English flawe, flay (“a flake of fire or snow, spark, splinter”), probably from Old Norse flaga (“a flag or slab of stone, flake”), from Proto-Germanic *flagō (“a layer of soil”), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“broad, flat”). Cognate with Icelandic flaga (“flake”), Swedish flaga (“flake, scale”), Danish flage (“flake”), Middle Low German vlage (“a layer of soil”), Old English flōh (“a frament, piece”).
- A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
- A storm of short duration.
- A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.