\ ˈlē-kē How to pronounce leaky (audio) \
leakier; leakiest

Definition of leaky

: permitting fluid to leak in or out

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Other Words from leaky

leakily \ ˈlē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce leakily (audio) \ adverb
leakiness \ ˈlē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce leakiness (audio) \ noun

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In order to shore up that leaky defence, QPR have today announced the signing of Yoann Barbet from Brentford. SI.com, "John Terry to Derby, Stoke Move for Lindsay & QPR Sign Barbet: Championship News Roundup," 18 June 2019 But add pollution — the phosphorus and nitrogen from farm fields and leaky septic tanks — and good turns to bad, fueling explosive blooms. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 2018 There has been at least one other reported explosion at a UPS freight facility this year, after a leaky propane tank caused a blast at a facility in Rock Island, Ill. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Officials Investigate Explosion at Kentucky UPS Freight Hub," 30 May 2018 Yes, this is one of the leakiest White Houses ever. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The Trump administration is trying to turn the McCain death joke into a 'leak' scandal," 14 May 2018 Inevitably, this leads to a leaky gas connection, a fire hazard. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Biggest Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," 14 Jan. 2019 Kensington Palace is not a leaky place these days so reporters often start off with scraps of information, sometimes coupled with their intuition. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really Feuding?," 3 Dec. 2018 The leaky database belonged to Voxox, a service that claims to process billions of calls and text messages monthly. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Database leak exposes millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS," 16 Nov. 2018 Even after successive purges, the administration remains leaky and factious. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of leaky

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of leaky

: having a hole that allows something (such as a liquid or gas) to pass in or out : having a leak


\ ˈlē-kē How to pronounce leaky (audio) \
leakier; leakiest

Kids Definition of leaky

: letting fluid in or out through a crack or hole a leaky roof


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Medical Definition of leaky

: relating to or being a mutant gene that changes the structure of the protein and especially an enzyme that it determines so that some but not all of its biological activity is lost also : being such a protein with subnormal activity

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