sleaze·​ball ˈslēz-ˌbȯl How to pronounce sleazeball (audio)
 also  ˈslāz-
: a sleazy person

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
Recent Examples on the Web The show has a real bounty of powerful sleazeballs, which is both part of the social critique and a storytelling problem. Vulture, 15 Mar. 2023 Netflix announced Thursday that Terry Silver — the wealthy sleazeball played to ponytailed perfection by Thomas Ian Griffith in The Karate Kid Part III — will be making an appearance in Cobra Kai season 4. Kristen Baldwin,, 27 May 2021 Pallaoro opens with a close-up of Monica (Lysette) in a tanning bed, then shows her fending off unwanted attention from a sleazeball in the parking lot. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2022 And Merrick, the newspaper publisher (played by Jeffrey Jones); E.B. Farnum (William Sanderson), the sleazeball who ran the Grand Central Hotel — those are real people. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Why were lifelong feminists joining a party led by a man with a reputation as a macho dinosaur, or even a sleazeball? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 May 2021 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, 24 Aug. 2018 As for the merits of the case, young guy is a sleazeball. Joshua Miller,, 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, 17 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleazeball was in 1981

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“Sleazeball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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