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

Other Words from sleazy

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web For a while there, NFTs were going strong, with Bored Ape Yacht Club (pictures of sleazy humanoid monkeys) leading the way. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 13 May 2022 The dancer fights off understudies, an overbearing mother, a sleazy director, and her own demons in pursuit of perfection on and off the stage. Andrew Walsh,, 5 May 2022 John Malkovich has a memorable supporting role as a sleazy hotel manager. Brent Lang, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 The annual gala celebrating the sleazy relationship between Beltway power brokers and reporters is back—and the discourse surrounding it is dumber than ever. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 And this is the guy who did kind of sleazy stuff to stop him. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 Money-laundering is generally a nonstarter unless the funds were generated by activity that was clearly criminal — and sleazy is not necessarily criminal. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Democratic leaders restored the old practice of earmarks, hometown projects for lawmakers that Congress dropped in 2011 because voters viewed it as a sleazy misspending of taxpayers' money. Alan Fram, ajc, 11 Mar. 2022 Straight Man will see Odenkick make the jump from a sleazy lawyer in New Mexico caught between drug lords to playing an English department chair at a Rust Belt college battling a midlife crisis. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sleazy

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sleazy

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19 May 2022

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“Sleazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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