\ 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

Examples of leaky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the average American company, the leaky pipeline starts early, at the very first promotion. NBC News, "Gender economist Katica Roy: How to create a workplace that truly values black women," 19 June 2020 In one instance, Hickenlooper accepted a $25,000 donation to his office from Anadarko Petroleum a few days after a leaky gas pipe owned by the company exploded and killed two men. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "John Hickenlooper accepted millions in off-the-books donations to fund positions in governor's office," 12 June 2020 San Francisco has more than 2,000 leaky underground storage tank sites on the Cortese list, named for former state Assemblyman Dominic Cortese of San Jose. Cynthia Dizikes, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: How SF sidestepped state law on developing toxic sites," 7 June 2020 But small damages like a broken hinge or leaky faucet can be fixed with some tinkering and a great multitool. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "14 things to buy now in case of a storm during the pandemic," 1 June 2020 Boats, trailers, mowers, patio furniture, grills and smokers, cars and bicycles, leaky roofs, firewood—the list goes on and on. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tarps That Can Keep Anything Dry and Protected," 5 May 2020 It’s time to finally get around to those home improvement projects that may have been piling up, like fixing leaky faucets or caulking cracks around the window. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 50 ways to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day (from your home during the pandemic)," 17 Apr. 2020 But new research from the University of Adelaide in Australia shows artificial intelligence is remarkably capable of diagnosing leaky pipes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Neural Net Can Detect Leaky Pipes in Mere Seconds," 10 Apr. 2020 Switches that trigger the organ’s pistons are plagued with leaky valves and balky contacts. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of leaky

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Leaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaky. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce leaky (audio)

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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