ˈslēz How to pronounce sleaze (audio)
 also  ˈslāz
: sleazy quality, appearance, or behavior
also : sleazy material
: a sleazy person

Examples of sleaze in a Sentence

some sleaze will try to make a buck off of this tragedy a real sleaze who is constantly mooching off friends, and friends of friends
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Word History


back-formation from sleazy

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleaze was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Sleaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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