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noun Slang.
  1. a contemptible or vulgar person.
  2. a shabby or slovenly person.
  3. a sleazy quality, character, or atmosphere; shoddiness; vulgarity.
  4. sleazy behavior, content, appearance, or the like.
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Origin of sleaze

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from sleazy
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Related Words for sleaze

indecency, profanity, vulgarity, smut, pornography, excrement, soil, muck, mud, stain, ground, grime, slime, impropriety, abomination, scatology, prurience, offense, dirtiness, curse

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British Dictionary definitions for sleaze


noun informal
  1. sleaziness
  2. dishonest, disreputable, or immoral behaviour, especially of public officials or employeespolitical sleaze
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Word Origin and History for sleaze


"condition of squalor," by 1967, back-formation from sleazy. Meaning "person of low moral standards," and the adjectival use, are attested from 1976.

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