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Definition of "sleazy" [slea•zy]

  • Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; tawdry: "sleazy storefronts with torn industrial carpeting and dirt on the walls” ( Seattle Weekly). (adjective)
  • Dishonest or corrupt; disreputable: Some sleazy characters hang around casinos. (adjective)
  • Made of low-quality materials; cheap or shoddy. (adjective)
  • Thin and loosely woven; flimsy: The coat has a sleazy lining. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sleazy" in a sentence
  • "Formerly, one had to go seeking, and disregard the possibility of being seen in sleazy places, purchasing videos, buying the magazines – but the computer and the cable tv bring it in the house where boys (and husbands) can be lured and addicted – and girls too."
  • "Blaine and Helena marry; Helena dies in sleazy circumstances."
  • "The problem with most of these types of sites is that they go up and down and often end up covered in sleazy ads that trick you into clicking the wrong thing — though Vixy seems to be a solid option for now."