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

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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 Sentenced to community service for accosting an audience member, an aging comic icon develops a strong bond with the daughter of a sleazy real estate mogul. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Before The Real World devolved into a sleazy hot-tub Olympics, it was conceived as a genuine social experiment. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Real World New York reunion gets real heated in first trailer," 26 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile Goulding plays both the club's kinda sleazy bouncer and its truly fabulous resident diva. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Ellie Goulding Reigns Over the Self Love Club in Silk City's 'New Love' Video," 21 Jan. 2021 The publicity circuit can be dispiriting, sleazy, and exhausting. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Zoom Book Tours: 5 Authors on Publishing in a Pandemic," 1 Jan. 2021 Cox plays Gail, the best friend of a grieving woman (Carrie Mulligan) furiously seeking retribution from a past rape by targeting unsuspecting sleazy men. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "“We’re Collectively Traumatised:” Laverne Cox On Promising Young Woman And Surviving 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Remember when Romney voted to remove President Trump for a perfectly legitimate phone call but dismissed the evidence of Hunter Biden’s serial sleazy business deals as nonsense? Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Levin slams Romney for dismissing 'evidence of Hunter Biden’s serial sleazy business deals'," 13 Dec. 2020 This is cinematic noir at its Mickey Spillaniest, with corrupt institutions, amoral politicians, femme fatales and sleazy underworld characters. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Two graphic novel anthologies that deserve your attention," 23 Nov. 2020 But since the turn of this century, the company’s changed its name to HP and its focus to sleazy ways to part unhappy printer owners from their money. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is the fashion industry’s sustainability effort only skin-deep?," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of sleazy was circa 1645

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1 Apr 2021

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“Sleazy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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