[slee-zee, sley-zee]
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

sleazily, adverb
sleaziness, noun Unabridged
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sleazy (ˈsliːzɪ)
adj , -zier, -ziest
1.  sordid; disreputable: a sleazy nightclub
2.  thin or flimsy, as cloth
[C17: origin uncertain]

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Word Origin & History

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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