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[lee-kee] /ˈli ki/
adjective, leakier, leakiest.
allowing liquid, gas, etc., to enter or escape:
a leaky boat; a leaky container.
Informal. unreliable:
a leaky memory; a leaky tongue.
Origin of leaky
1600-10; leak + -y1
Related forms
leakiness, noun
unleaky, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leaky
  • Anyone who has tried to replace a punctured tire or fix a leaky faucet knows the importance of having the right tool for the job.
  • But it's nothing compared to the sight of a leaky stove turning into a bonfire inside my tent.
  • It is senseless to embark on promising new initiatives with a leaky roof.
  • Note that the plumbing system is leaky too, so you have water dripping here and there as well as unsheathed electric wires.
  • The leaky house was not repaired while the sun shone, for then the rain did not come through.
  • The pressure in the well, an indication of how leaky it is, has not reached the levels that officials had hoped for.
  • The first sign of trouble was a leaky spot in the hallway roof.
  • Fix drips and leaks yourself, or call a plumber to replace leaky faucets, broken washer valves or leaky pipes.
  • Replace leaky pipes and dripping faucets, and caulk windows that let water in.
  • Accordingly, even a building at code today can still use energy in excess of its leaky, poorly insulated predecessors.
British Dictionary definitions for leaky


adjective leakier, leakiest
leaking or tending to leak
Derived Forms
leakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leaky

mid-15c., from leak (n.) + -y (2). Related: Leakiness.

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