\ ˈslēz How to pronounce sleaze (audio) also ˈslāz \

Definition of sleaze

1 : sleazy quality, appearance, or behavior also : sleazy material
2 : a sleazy person

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for sleaze


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of sleaze in a Sentence

some sleaze will try to make a buck off of this tragic murder at least her newest boyfriend isn't the kind of sleaze she usually dates
Recent Examples on the Web But his hotels and casinos also gained a reputation for sleaze, attracting members of notorious triads, or gangs, along with prostitutes. Jonathan Kandell,, "Stanley Ho, tycoon who built Macao’s gambling industry, at 98," 30 May 2020 One year after a historic regime change, Malaysia’s politics remain a combustible cocktail of sleaze and power lust. Washington Post, "Mahathir Looks Beyond Malaysia’s First Century," 8 July 2019 These days, though, there’s so much sleaze in D.C. that a discerning dog would need to hold his snout. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 There are signs the sleaze is being cleaned up in Brazil and elsewhere. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this committee and this body validated it and displayed it at primetime over our entire nation. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 The Ultraviolet sleaze-slingers have no evidence that Mr. Kavanaugh knew about Judge Kozinski’s behavior and no witnesses to anything of the sort. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Smears Begin on Kavanaugh," 12 July 2018 What possible justification is there for Mueller to ignore this bottomless pit of sleaze? Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "In Year Two, Mueller Is Wading Into a Bottomless Pit of Trump Sleaze," 17 May 2018 While Broidy’s business dealings are the epitome of the sort of swampy sleaze that Trump promised to drain from federal government decision-making, his home life is by contrast extremely stable, and, to all appearances, quite conventional. Paul Campos, Daily Intelligencer, "Theory: Playboy Model Who Got $1.6 Million Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy," 8 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sleaze.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sleaze

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sleaze

back-formation from sleazy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sleaze

Time Traveler for sleaze

Time Traveler

The first known use of sleaze was in 1954

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sleaze

Cite this Entry

“Sleaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sleaze


How to pronounce sleaze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sleaze

somewhat informal : behavior that is dishonest or immoral
US, informal : a dishonest or immoral person

More from Merriam-Webster on sleaze

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sleaze

Comments on sleaze

What made you want to look up sleaze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!