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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 of leaky
1600-1610
1600-10; leak + -y1
Related forms
leakiness, noun
unleaky, adjective
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  • My friend is too self-respecting to allow himself to be in any way related to a leaky sewer, and has reformed beautifully.

  • Ole lived in a leaky dugout somewhere at the edge of the settlement.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Boone thus reached the Ohio, where he had the good luck to find a leaky canoe, in which he paddled across the stream.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • At present she was too sorely battered and leaky to be of any use.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • A broken pane, a weak spot in the roof, a leaky horse trough, and a score of little things were repaired.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
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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