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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flak mean? 

FLAK (noun)
  The noun FLAK has 3 senses:

1. a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
2. intense adverse criticism
3. artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes

  Familiarity information: FLAK used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

FLAK (noun)

Sense 1flak [BACK TO TOP]


A slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


flack; flack catcher; flak; flak catcher

Hypernyms ("flak" is a kind of...):

interpreter; representative; spokesperson; voice (an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose)

Sense 2flak [BACK TO TOP]


Intense adverse criticism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


flak; flack; attack; fire; blast

Context examples:

Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party / the government has come under attack / don't give me any flak

Hypernyms ("flak" is a kind of...):

criticism; unfavorable judgment (disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings)

Sense 3flak [BACK TO TOP]


Artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


ack-ack; ack-ack gun; antiaircraft; antiaircraft gun; pom-pom; flak; flack

Hypernyms ("flak" is a kind of...):

gun (a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel))

Meronyms (parts of "flak"):

predictor (a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flak"):

Bofors gun (an automatic double-barreled antiaircraft gun)

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