leaky

[lee-kee]
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adjective, leak·i·er, leak·i·est.
  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

First recorded in 1600–10; leak + -y1
Related formsleak·i·ness, nounun·leak·y, adjective
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Related Words for leaky

broken, cracked, faulty, split

Examples from the Web for leaky

Contemporary Examples of leaky

Historical Examples of leaky

  • 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

leaky

adjective leakier or leakiest
  1. leaking or tending to leak
Derived Formsleakiness, 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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