- contemptibly low, mean, or disreputable: sleazy politics.
- squalid; sordid; filthy; dilapidated: a sleazy hotel.
- thin or poor in texture, as a fabric; cheap; flimsy: a sleazy dress; a sleazy excuse.
Origin of sleazy
Related Words for sleazyseedy, trashy, sordid, tacky, base, broken-down, cheap, common, dilapidated, flimsy, limp, low, mean, paltry, poor, run-down, shabby, shoddy, squalid, unsubstantial
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Contemporary Examples of sleazy
Or as Joey, the sleazy, besieged used car salesman in Cadillac Man.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
August 12, 2014
And that is this sleazy rabbit hole in its most perfect summation.The B Is Back: The Benghazi Hearings Are Bullsh*t
May 7, 2014
How can she wax poetically about soiling herself at parties and not get branded as sleazy trash, a la Ke$ha?How Jennifer Lawrence Took Over Hollywood. (It’s Not Just Because of Her Charm.)
December 20, 2013
When the ship docks, the “property” is scooped up by a sleazy slave merchant (Paul Giamatti), and sold at auction.‘12 Years a Slave,’ Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, Is Mesmerizing
August 31, 2013
The right-wing press will traffic in all kinds of sleazy rumors the instant she catches cold.The Ageist Attack on Hillary
July 1, 2013
Historical Examples of sleazy
If too large, on the other hand, the work is apt to be sleazy.
This pretense, this sleazy imitation of your old room is wrong.Moment of Truth
Basil Eugene Wells
Joe watched his narrow, bent shoulders under the sleazy shirt.Stubble
“Oh yes, dating younger people is so sleazy,” Lester said with a chuckle.Makers
He takes a kind of look-over at Hod, no collar nor nothing, and that sleazy coat of his'n.The Broken Gate
- sordid; disreputablea sleazy nightclub
- thin or flimsy, as cloth
Word Origin for sleazy
1640s, "downy, fuzzy," later "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1660s), of unknown origin; one theory is that it is a corruption of Silesia, the German region, where thin linen or cotton fabric was made for export. Silesia in reference to cloth is attested in English from 1670s; and sleazy as an abbreviated form is attested from 1670), but OED is against this. Sense of "sordid" is from 1941. Related: Sleazily; sleaziness.
A day is a more magnificent cloth than any muslin, the mechanism that makes it is infinitely cunninger, and you shall not conceal the sleazy, fraudulent, rotten hours you have slipped into the piece, nor fear that any honest thread, or straighter steel, or more inflexible shaft, will not testify in the web. [Emerson, "The Conduct of Life," 1860]