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

Definition of sleaze

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

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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 Since then Buckcherry has consistently cooked up hard-rock equal parts ferocious and tuneful, descended from sleaze-boogie kings like AC/DC and early Guns N’ Roses. Matt Wake |, al, 26 June 2021 Christopher McDonald is perfect as Marty, the operator of the Palmetto, a handsome sleaze who makes Deborah lose her composure. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 But the loss is painful for Starmer, who has struggled to increase his appeal to the electorate despite heavy criticism of the Conservative government over its initially sluggish response to the pandemic and allegations of sleaze. NBC News, 7 May 2021 Which leads naturally to the third matter — sleaze. Roger Trapp, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The first was dominated by bosses and an overabundance of sleaze but benefitted from bipartisan collaboration. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Las Vegas, the season credited with ushering sleaze into the franchise. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021 Even after the contents of an FBI wiretap went public where Wade blatantly discussed recruiting violations, LSU threw up middle fingers to the NCAA and bathed in the sleaze all the way to the Sweet 16. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2021 Warm Wurlitzers and wit, glistening guitars and grit, with sleaze and style for days. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sleaze

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sleaze

back-formation from sleazy

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“Sleaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleaze

: behavior that is dishonest or immoral
: a dishonest or immoral person


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