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leaky

[lee-kee] /ˈli ki/
adjective, leakier, leakiest.
1.
allowing liquid, gas, etc., to enter or escape:
a leaky boat; a leaky container.
2.
Informal. unreliable:
a leaky memory; a leaky tongue.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; leak + -y1
Related forms
leakiness, noun
unleaky, adjective
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  • 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

leaky

/ˈliːkɪ/
adjective leakier, leakiest
1.
leaking or tending to leak
Derived Forms
leakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leaky
adj.

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

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