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 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,, "Tom Cruise Revives Hilarious Tropic Thunder Character, Reveals the Secret Behind Dance Moves," 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, "'Empire Records' Star Ethan Embry Says Kurt Cobain Inspired Rex Manning Day," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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“Skeevy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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