\ˈlē-kē \
leakier; leakiest

Definition of leaky 

: permitting fluid to leak in or out

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leakily \ˈlē-kə-lē \ adverb
leakiness \ˈlē-kē-nəs \ noun

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The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users' personal information. Michael Liedtke, chicagotribune.com, "Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube," 21 June 2018 The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users’ personal information. Washington Post, "Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube," 20 June 2018 When out of possession, Liverpool's often leaky and chaotic back line looked confident and assured, barely breaking a sweat when Kevin De Bruyne and Co. were bearing down on goal. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stun Manchester City to take commanding lead in Champions League tie," 4 Apr. 2018 Developed some bad habits behind a leaky offensive line in 2017, occasionally bolting the pocket after his initial read was taken away rather than working his progressions. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Sam Darnold, USC QB: NFL Draft 2018 (video)," 5 Mar. 2018 Eating fried, sugary, and processed foods all the time can lead to a condition called leaky gut, whereby toxic compounds and bacteria could get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation throughout your body, including your skin, Dr. Bowe explains. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Why You're Probably Overwashing Your Face," 2 May 2018 Workers will scale the scaffolding of the 210-foot-building to review and make necessary repairs to the monument's leaky roof. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018 In young people, the brain remains largely isolated from that inflammation, but with older people, our blood-brain barrier becomes kind of leaky. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Surgery can cause cognitive losses in some seniors," 19 May 2018 The other important player in the Tampa Bay equation was goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was leaky in surrendering 10 goals over the first two games. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Steven Stamkos' words, deeds get Lightning back into series against Capitals," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of leaky

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leaky was in the 15th century

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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 \
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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