- characterized by flaws; having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.
- a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
- a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
- a crack, break, breach, or rent.
verb (used with object)
- to produce a flaw in.
verb (used without object)
- to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
- an imperfection, defect, or blemish
- a crack, breach, or rift
- law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
- to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
- a sudden short gust of wind; squall
- a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
- obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
early 15c. (implied in flawed); see flaw (n.). Related: Flawing.
early 14c., “a flake” (of snow), also in Middle English “a spark of fire; a splinter,” from Old Norse flaga “stone slab, flake” (see flagstone); sense of “defect, fault” first recorded 1580s, first of character, later (c.1600) of material things; probably via notion of a “fragment” broken off.