1. characterized by flaws; having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.


  1. a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
  2. a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
  3. a crack, break, breach, or rent.

verb (used with object)

  1. to produce a flaw in.

verb (used without object)

  1. to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.


  1. an imperfection, defect, or blemish
  2. a crack, breach, or rift
  3. law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding


  1. to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect


    1. a sudden short gust of wind; squall
    2. a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
  1. 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.

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