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.

Idioms for leak

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM leak

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH leak

leak leek
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British Dictionary definitions for leak

leak
/ (liːk) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of leak

leaker, noun

Word Origin for leak

C15: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse leka to drip
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