leak

[ leek ]
/ lik /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to let (liquid, gas, light, etc.) enter or escape: This camera leaks light.
to allow to become known, as information given out covertly: to leak the news of the ambassador's visit.

Nearby words

  1. league table,
  2. leaguer,
  3. leah,
  4. leahy,
  5. leahy, william daniel,
  6. leakage,
  7. leakance,
  8. leaker,
  9. leakey,
  10. leakey, louis seymour bazett

Idioms

    take a leak, Slang: Vulgar. to urinate.

Origin of leak

1375–1425; 1955–60 for def 11; late Middle English leken < Old Norse leka to drip, leak; akin to Dutch lek, obsolete German lech leaky. See leach1

Related formsleak·er, nounleak·less, adjectivenon·leak·ing, adjective

Can be confusedleak leek

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British Dictionary definitions for leak

leak

/ (liːk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsleaker, noun

Word Origin for leak

C15: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse leka to drip

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