from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Permitting leaks or leakage: a leaky roof; a leaky defense system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having leaks, not sealed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Permitting water or other fluid to leak in or out.
- adj. Apt to disclose secrets; tattling; not close.
- adj. Retaining some function; not completely inactivating the gene; ; -- of mutations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a leak or leaks; allowing water or other fluid, etc., to pass in or out through an aperture or apertures: as, a leaky boat; a leaky barrel.
- Hence Apt to disclose secrets; babbling; tattling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used informally; unable to retain urine
- adj. prone to communicate confidential information
- adj. permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases
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He does have moments a fear while living in what he describes as a leaky spacesuit.
Cities and towns shouldn't have to worry that the water lost in leaky pipes will mean ongoing shortages or usage restrictions.
You know, it's interesting to note that Secretary Clinton used the word leaky to describe past U.N. sanctions, obviously referring to the fact that they have not always been as effective as they were hoping they could be.
All these produce what is called a leaky gut otherwise known as altered intestinal permeability.
The reality was decaying, dingy cities where underfed people shuffled to and fro in leaky shoes, in patched-up nineteenth-century houses that smelt always of cabbage and bad lavatories.
"If you call a leaky old ferryboat with the weather so damp that you can't touch the rail without feeling as if you have had a dip in the briny -- if that's what you call romantic, then give me a good open fire and plenty of chicken bones to gnaw."
But somewhere around the post-doc to professional scientist level, something happens which studies refer to as the "leaky pipeline."
PAUL BEGALA, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, there's, you know, an economic theory, which I think is reality, called the leaky bucket.
PAUL BEGALA, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, there's, you know, an economic theory which I think is reality, it's called a leaky budget.
I am not what is called a leaky fellow about my personal affairs, yet when I was seated at Mrs. Butterworth's well-lighted, genial board that evening, I could not help dropping a hint of my good fortune, in a careless way, to my next neighbor.
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