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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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 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

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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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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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