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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
First recorded in 1600-10; leak + -y1
Related forms
leakiness, noun
unleaky, adjective Unabridged
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  • I am of opinion that pumping a leaky ship is the most detestable work in the world.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Washington had proved to be a leaky ship, every passage I made in her.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We was heaving cargo overboard like a leaky ship in a typhoon.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Said afore 'twas done he was so leaky with spear holes that he cast a shadder like a skimmer.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A battery which has a leaky jar will also have a case which is rotted at the bottom and sides.

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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