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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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 Furthermore, the brief cameo of the Colombia flag at the end of the meme reminds everyone of the dirty tactics the South Americans tried to carry out in the last 16 round, and how England did well do avoid such sleazy tricks. 4., "It's Coming Home: 6 of the Best England World Cup Memes of the Summer So Far," 11 July 2018 Publishers tended to be sleazy, fly-by-night operations that didn’t always pay. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 Just yesterday, Malik stepped out in New York City wearing black sleazy-chic square frames from Hadid’s capsule for Vogue Eyewear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Are Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid Official? The Proof Is in the Clothing," 29 June 2018 Hank and Hope are buying black-market technology from sleazy Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins, doing his Walton Goggins thing). Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is goofy good fun, thanks to Paul Rudd," 3 July 2018 Steve Buscemi provides sardonic relief as Del, Pete’s sleazy owner and an unlikely stand-in for Charley’s father. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Lean On Pete’ Review: A Boy, a Horse, a Bond," 12 Apr. 2018 In one episode, Luke is short on cash and agrees to host a party for sleazy lawyer Piranha Jones (who fortunately bears no resemblance to his bitey comic-book counterpart), which results in a series of hilariously uncomfortable scenes. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Luke Cage is the first Netflix MCU show with a strong season 2," 22 June 2018 But a kid is never too young to learn how to short a sleazy, poorly managed, overleveraged biotech outfit that claims to be working on an interactive online cure for athlete’s foot. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Counselors, Campfires—and Tech Companies to Short," 8 June 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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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