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sleaze

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noun \ˈslēz also ˈslāz\

Simple Definition of sleaze

  • : behavior that is dishonest or immoral

  • : a dishonest or immoral person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sleaze

  1. 1 :  sleazy quality, appearance, or behavior; also :  sleazy material

  2. 2 :  a sleazy person

Examples of sleaze in a sentence

  1. <some sleaze will try to make a buck off of this tragic murder>

  2. <at least her newest boyfriend isn't the kind of sleaze she usually dates>



Origin and Etymology of sleaze

back-formation from sleazy


First Known Use: 1954



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