\ˈslēz also ˈslāz \

Definition of sleaze 

1 : sleazy quality, appearance, or behavior also : sleazy material

2 : a sleazy person

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

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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 Because this is a fallen world, there will always be a layer of opportunistic sleaze that sees young, unsophisticated players as a ticket to the top. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: The ruination of college basketball starts in high school," 23 Feb. 2018 In recent years, his ex-girlfriend Holly Madison has painted Hefner as a manipulative sleaze. Sierra Tishgart, The Cut, "Playboy Magazine’s Unlikely History of Abortion-Rights Activism," 28 Sep. 2017 The University of Louisville's basketball program is now the gold standard for sleaze in a business that almost defines the word. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville must finish the job and dump Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich | Gerth," 27 Sep. 2017 At least the king of daytime sleaze could liven things up a bit. Jason Williams,, "PX: Paging Jerry Springer. Ohio Dems need someone to liven things up," 13 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sleaze

: behavior that is dishonest or immoral

: a dishonest or immoral person

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