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[slee-zee, sley-zee] /ˈsli zi, ˈsleɪ zi/
adjective, sleazier, sleaziest.
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.
1635-45; (def 3) of obscure origin (probably unrelated to Silesia other than by folk etymology); sense of defs. 1-2 (first attested 1941) perhaps represent a distinct word
Related forms
sleazily, adverb
sleaziness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sleazily


adjective -zier, -ziest
sordid; disreputable a sleazy nightclub
thin or flimsy, as cloth
Derived Forms
sleazily, adverb
sleaziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for sleazily
1640s, "hairy, fuzzy," later "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1660s), of unknown origin; one theory traces it somehow to Silesian "of the eastern German province of Silesia" (Ger. Schlesien), where fine linen or cotton fabric was made (Silesia in ref. 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
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Slang definitions & phrases for sleazily



Disgusting; filthy; nasty; grungy, scuzzy: dirty buildings in sleazy sections/ a tremendous evocation of the sleazoid speed-freak scene/ who makes sleazo blood films

[entry form 1941+, second 1972+, third 1970s+; fr the late 1600s British sleasie, ''thin, flimsy, threadbare,'' of uncertain origin, whence it came to mean ''of inferior workmanship, shoddy''; perhaps fr Sleasie, ''Silesian,'' used of linen cloth from that part of Germany]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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