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leaky

Leaky things accidentally allow water (or gas) to pass through them. A leaky bucket is a bad thing, and a leaky diaper is even worse.

A leaky hose lets water squirt out at different points, and a leaky helium balloon plummets to the ground, deflating as it falls. You can also talk about a leaky government, or a leaky newsroom — in other words, a group or a person guilty of exposing information that's meant to be kept secret or confidential. This kind of leak is a "deliberate disclosure of information," and it dates from the 1950s.

Definitions of leaky
  1. adjective
    permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases
    “a leaky roof”
    “a leaky defense system”
    Synonyms:
    drafty, draughty
    not airtight
    drippy
    leaking in drops
    oozing, oozy, seeping
    leaking out slowly
    holey, porous
    allowing passage in and out
    permeable
    allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through
    unseaworthy
    unfit for a voyage
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    Antonyms:
    tight
    of such close construction as to be impermeable
    air-tight, airtight, gas-tight
    not allowing air or gas to pass in or out
    dripless
    designed to prevent dripping
    hermetic
    completely sealed; completely airtight
    leakproof
    not subject to leaks
    rainproof, waterproof, waterproofed
    not permitting the passage of water
    snug
    well and tightly constructed
    watertight
    not allowing water to pass in or out
    tight
    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    impermeable
    preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
    seaworthy
    fit for a sea voyage
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  2. adjective
    used informally; unable to retain urine
    Synonyms:
    incontinent
    not having control over urination and defecation
  3. adjective
    prone to communicate confidential information
    synonyms: blabbermouthed, talebearing, tattling
    communicative, communicatory
    able or tending to communicate
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