\ 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 leaky (audio) \ adverb
leakiness \ ˈlē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce leaky (audio) \ noun

Examples of leaky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sabbatini worried the apartment cracks were caused by a leaky roof; ithadbeen raining more than usual. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Certain repairs and improvements, such as a leaky roof, can’t wait. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 14 May 2021 The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 authorizes about $35 billion over five years to improve leaky pipes and upgrade facilities, and is widely supported by lawmakers and their states back home. Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 Don’t keep your card under some leaky pipes, in the toilet, on the window sill, in the sauna, in your underwear, in a bee hive or any place that is not climate controlled. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 The Highland Park Human Rights Coalition and local students went around the city Thursday, bringing awareness to homeowners about leaky pipes. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2021 Decades of neglect have left some of the buildings in rough shape, with mold, sewer issues, leaky pipes and poor insulation. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2021 In the wake of winter weather that damaged many after water pipes burst last month, Grand Prairie is giving residents a chance to learn how to repair leaky pipes. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2021 New Yorkers are known for always being ‘on the go’, and prior to quarantine a leaky faucet was a minor annoyance (if noticed at all). Taha Laique, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of leaky

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Leaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaky. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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