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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a leaking/leaky tap (=with drops of water coming from the end )
▪ The leaky tap had left a stain in the washbasin.
a leaky/leaking roof (=one that lets rain in)
▪ We needed to fix the leaky roof.
▪ The house had four walls, a leaky roof, one window and a low door.
▪ a leaky faucet
▪ There was a pool of water in the corner where water was dripping from a leaky pipe.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Leaky \Leak"y\, a. [Compar. Leakier; superl. Leakiest.]

  1. Permitting water or other fluid to leak in or out; as, a leaky roof or cask; a leaky faucet.

  2. Apt to disclose secrets; tattling; not close. [Colloq.]

  3. (Genetics) Retaining some function; not completely inactivating the gene; as, substitution mutations are sometimes leaky; -- of mutations.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from leak (n.) + -y (2). Related: Leakiness.


a. Having leaks, not sealed.

  1. adj. permitting leaks or leakage; "a leaky roof"; "a leaky defense system" [ant: tight]

  2. (of ships and boats) permitting leakage [syn: leaking]

  3. permitting liquids to penetrate; "a tarpaulin too leaky to be of much use"

  4. used informally; unable to retain urine

  5. prone to communicate confidential information [syn: blabbermouthed, talebearing(a), tattling(a)]

  6. [also: leakiest, leakier]

Usage examples of "leaky".

He found a tin can --- possibly left in a leaky boat before its final boist to the davits --- and gave her a drink, to which he had added a few drops of the whisky.

Bishop, and Sten bade leaky farewells, vowing to write, to get together once a year, and all the rest of the bushwa service people promise and never do.

He drew off the wine, drove the car to Corbeil to fetch the meat, and caulked the seams of a leaky boat.

Being a Mormonite Jesuit was better than being a Facer, but frankly, religion was for other people: Earthers, old people, pharmers trapped in leaky habs.

The port proper was enclosed and fenced, but ancillary businesses had grown up around it like whorehouses outside a military base: secondary shippers and expediters, gypsy truck collectives running rebuilt eighteen-wheelers, leaky fuel depots.

Tott claimed afterward that Furber filled a chair like a leaky bag of potatoes.

The trees were scraggy, loppy old things hanging down in dismal sweep over the leaky roof and damp walls.

He remembered her laughing when he told her about the Leaky Cauldron debacle.

The twins and I talked it over and decided to change form and fly across rather than hail one of those leaky tubs.

Paulo watched him lower a leaky bark cup into the well, empty it into his water skin, and lower it again for more.

It had rained hard and often on the Kans River when I was a bargeman -- I remember huddling in the leaky old barge and wondering if the damned boat was going to go down just because of the weight of the rain on it -- but I do not remember any rain like this one.

Angel of Leaky Outhouses up there, and we got the Angel of Overgrazed Pastures and the Angel of Always Being Broke up there--why, we got so many offbeat, grizzled angels floating around over this little town that sometimes I get claustrophobia from all their wing rustling--from them that has any feathers left in their wings, that is.

Besides his money, which did not interest him greatly, he had his adored son, James, a long, saddish person with a dusky, mottled complexion and a pleuritic stitch which he had got during the War through a leaky gas-mask.

She wiped the psychedelic patterns from the media pads, sorted the games and toys into the right bins, put the chairs back into line and reflated their one leaky jelfoam mattress.

Plex, spilling apologies like a leaky bucket, walked me down through the warehouse district to the wharf and into an unwindowed place called Tokyo Crow.