sleaze·​ball | \ˈslēz-ˌbȯl \

Definition of sleazeball 


: a sleazy person

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bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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Examples of sleazeball in a Sentence

He is a lying sleazeball. don't post your private info and revealing pics online—there are some real sleazeballs out there

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Stone portrays himself as a dandy and a dirtbag, a sleazeball who embodies the rage and drive for fame that sits at the heart of the worst corners of American politics. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 great social issues documentaries that help explain America in 2018," 24 Aug. 2018 As for the merits of the case, young guy is a sleazeball. Joshua Miller,, "Rosenberg may be persona non grata on Beacon Hill. In Amherst? They really like him.," 15 May 2018 McGowan was always vocal about sleazeballs like Weinstein, even prior to the New York Times and the New Yorker posting their explosive exposés. Clarkisha Kent, The Root, "#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, Part 2: On Rose McGowan and the Continued Failure of White Feminism," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sleazeball

1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sleazeball

: a dishonest or immoral person

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