- 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.
flaw definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English a flake, scale, splinter, probably ; from or akin to Old Norse flaga, thin layer: for Indo-European base see flake
Origin: ; 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)
flaw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: They share the character flaw of arrogance.
- A defect in a legal document that can render it invalid.
Origin: Middle English flaue, splinter, perhaps from Old Norse flaga, slab of stone; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- a. A brief gust or blast of wind.b. A passing storm; a squall.
- Obsolete A burst of passion.
Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish flaga, gust of wind.
- flawˈy adjective