slea·​zy | \ ˈslē-zē also ˈslā- How to pronounce sleazy (audio) \
sleazier; sleaziest

Definition of sleazy

1a : lacking firmness of texture : flimsy
b : carelessly made of inferior materials : shoddy
2a : marked by low character or quality sleazy tabloids
b : squalid, dilapidated sleazy bars

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Other Words from sleazy

sleazily \ ˈslē-​zə-​lē How to pronounce sleazily (audio) \ adverb
sleaziness \ ˈslē-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce sleaziness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sleazy


skanky [slang], sluttish, slutty, trampy

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Examples of sleazy in a Sentence

a dancer in a sleazy outfit a sleazy lothario who is always on the make

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In April, the exchange added rules that would prohibit members from holding sleazy parties at venues such as lapdancing clubs and casinos under a new code of conduct. Mark Burton, Fortune, "A Final Bastion of on-the-Job Drinking Vows to Sober Up," 14 June 2019 But Catherine, her aunt and manager, stymies her ambitions both with an ironclad contractual agreement and with a sleazy doctor who keeps Ashley on a diet of docility-ensuring drugs. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror’s Miley Cyrus Episode Isn’t That Far-Fetched," 6 June 2019 Nixon appointed Arthur Burns to run the Fed during his first term and then sought to control Fed policy through both overt and sleazy means. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Judy Shelton’s potential nomination to a Federal Reserve Board seat, explained," 5 June 2019 Roth has proved by the mastery and integrity of his writing the difference between the erotic and the pornographic, in our sleazy era of the latter. Tina Jordan And Susan Ellingwood, New York Times, "A Philip Roth Reader," 23 May 2018 After glass block began turning up in public restrooms, municipal swimming pools and diners in the 1980s, it was maligned as retrograde and even sleazy. Karen Bruno And, WSJ, "Glass Block in Décor: Cheesy or Charming?," 7 Feb. 2019 Murdoch is the second son of Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul best known for the sleazy tabloid empire that in the US includes Fox News and in the UK included printing actual uncensored tits in its papers until 2015. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "If James Murdoch is the new Tesla chairman, that’s bad news for Elon Musk," 12 Oct. 2018 The comedy, based on this 2015 New York magazine article, centers on a group of strippers who scam their rich, sleazy male clients out of thousands of dollars. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Started Filming Their Movie Hustlers, and the Pics Are Already a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019 Racist, homophobic and downright sleazy, the magazine changed the way the public thought about celebrities. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Confidential Confidential’ Review: All the Sleaze Fit to Print," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sleazy

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sleazy

origin unknown

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The first known use of sleazy was circa 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of sleazy

: dishonest or immoral
: dirty and in bad condition from being neglected
: not decent or socially respectable

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