skee·​vy | \ ˈskē-vē How to pronounce skeevy (audio) \
skeevier; skeeviest

Definition of skeevy

: morally or physically repulsive : disgusting, sleazy

Examples of skeevy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s a Pacific Ocean that washes up skeevy wonders from its Great Garbage Patch. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Schrader draws them together by staging a right-wing hotel-expo encounter between Tell and his former overseer at Abu Ghraib, Major John Gordo, played by Willem Dafoe as a skeevy opportunist with a mustache like a giant sardine. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 But the arrival of a skeevy stranger sends things spiraling, exposing dark pasts and lies. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 21 Apr. 2021 The practices described by the FTC are obviously skeevy. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 The series of skeevy guys are played by actors known for playing likable men on TV, including Adam Brody, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Chris Lowell and Max Greenfield. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 Fennell set out to defy expectations with her supporting cast as well, selecting beloved figures to play the secretly skeevy men. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 In the episode, which was broadcast from the annual entertainment convention, O’Brien, 56, asked Cruise to step back into the shoes of Les Grossman — the skeevy studio executive Cruise played over a decade ago in 2008’s Tropic Thunder. Dave Quinn,, 19 July 2019 In '90s cult classic Empire Records, a record store on the brink of closure throws a signing party for Rex Manning, a skeevy pop star who eventually leaves the establishment in a huff after coming to blows with the scrappy staff. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of skeevy

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skeevy

probably from skeeve "to disgust, be disgusted by" (borrowed from the stem of Italian schifare "to loathe, feel disgust for," earlier "to shun, avoid," borrowed from Old French eschiver) + -y entry 1 — more at eschew

Note: The -v- in skeeve may reflect lax consonant articulation in southern Italian dialects, perceived as voicing by non-dialect speakers.

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