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[sleez] /sliz/
noun, Slang.
a contemptible or vulgar person.
a shabby or slovenly person.
a sleazy quality, character, or atmosphere; shoddiness; vulgarity.
sleazy behavior, content, appearance, or the like.
Origin of sleaze
1950-55; back formation from sleazy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sleaze
  • The sleaze is in your mind, and in your conditioned cultural responses, not in the pictures.
  • Barber shoots it in a grunge style so flamboyant he seems to be aestheticizing sleaze.
  • Underneath the sleaze are sermons illustrating simple, school-primer virtues.
  • With it, the group can detect patterns of sleaze and curses and spotlight advertisers who buy on naughty shows.
  • Otherwise, you should realize that this guy is a sleaze.
  • Her strongest suit is her determination to put an end to sleaze.
  • And so it goes on, one report of public-sector sleaze after another.
  • Her story has unleashed an outpouring of public contempt for the sleaze that surrounds so many civil servants.
  • Elected on an anti-corruption ticket, he has kept up pressure on the country's endemic sleaze, but selectively.
  • And a worrying whiff of sleaze hangs over public life.
British Dictionary definitions for sleaze


noun (informal)
dishonest, disreputable, or immoral behaviour, especially of public officials or employees: political 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sleaze

slave market

noun phrase

An employment office or a place or occasion where jobs are sought and candidates present themselves: Their annual convention is essentially a slave market (1911+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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