leak etymology

English word leak comes from Proto-Indo-European *leǵ-, and later Proto-Germanic *lekaną ((intransitive) To leak; seep; drip.)

Detailed word origin of leak

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*leǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to collect, to speak, to leak
*lekaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (intransitive) To leak; seep; drip.
*lecan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
leken Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
leak English (eng) (computing) The gradual loss of a system resource caused by failure to deallocate previously reserved portions.. (vulgar, slang, especially with the verb "take") An act of urination.. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape.. A divulgation, or disclosure, of information previously held secret.. A loss of electricity through imperfect [...]

Words with the same origin as leak

Descendants of *leǵ-
colleague collect collected collecting collection collector college dignity election elegant elite illegal intelligent lake legacy legal legend legendary legitimate lesson loyalty privilege religion religious