sleaziness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sleaziness a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
    • n sleaziness morally dishonorable "an embarrassing sleaziness that I hope will be corrected by the more ethical newspapers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sleaziness Quality of being sleazy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sleaziness Sleazy, thin, or flimsy character or quality.
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Usage

In literature:

It was a black dress, near-princess in style, very tight as to fit, very short as to skirt, very sleazy as to material.
"Buttered Side Down" by Edna Ferber
He encountered a sleazy justicary who stitched up shady deals in the back rooms of cafes.
"Tartarin de Tarascon" by Alphonse Daudet
It contained sleazy docks, prisons, gaming houses, and brothels.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Machine-made passementerie on top of conspicuous but sleazy material is always shoddy.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Seams all busted, sleazy cloth wore through.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Now I am mortally afraid of rats and mice, and what I had touched had the sleazy feel of frayed silk.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
Every flying rod of the sleazy road he knew was a peril.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Profuse menstruation is very prone to occur in young women of a lymphatic temperament, whose organs are sleazy in texture.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I can't bear those sleazy stuffs that come from India.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Finally he gave them up too, and one morning came to work wearing a flimsy, sleazy, negligee shirt.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
Joe watched his narrow, bent shoulders under the sleazy shirt.
"Stubble" by George Looms
The crimson, sleazy shirtwaist rose and fell.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
If too large, on the other hand, the work is apt to be sleazy.
"Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet" by Anonymous
It was brief, occupying only about four pages of the small, sleazy note paper that we bought in those days of the sutlers.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
The splendors of Elizabethan literature have often blinded criticism to the more sleazy aspects of the problem.
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
It was a thin, tattered, dried-fish-like thing; printed with blurred ink upon mean, sleazy paper.
"Pierre; or The Ambiguities" by Herman Melville
Wearily the woman began to pull about her shoulders a wrinkled, sleazy wrap.
"Linda Lee, Incorporated" by Louis Joseph Vance
The Colonel's lady in her Parisian peignoir and Judy O'Grady in her sleazy slip were sisters under the skin.
"The Knack of Managing" by Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
Out of a length of cheap sleazy stuff they made a mourning frock for Helene.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
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In poetry:

Whizz mob, help your dodgy geezers,
Else your fixes won't come easy;
If you wants them to keep rolling
Keep them out of floweries sleazy.
"Jobelin ballade 2" by Francoise Villon

In news:

Will Dems Get Sleazy in November.
Now they go on television to talk about the sleazy details.
Ignacio De La Fuente's Sleazy Campaign Slides Into Bigotry .
You have to credit the University of Texas at Austin for being consistent — consistently sleazy.
From the luxurious to the sleazy, we've unearthed the city's best places for a quick rendezvous.
Brazil has always been a go-to destination to book hotel rooms and engage in kinky, week-long sex marathons, ranging from the ultra-sleazy to the sentimental and romantic.
The Paperboy' delivers gooey , sleazy cheese.
That is, if you're into all things "sleazy vintage".
Exploiting young soldiers is not only sleazy, it's unpatriotic.
Joe Isenberg, left, provides some zip as the cartoonishly sleazy Scott.
Dirty Girl is a Sleazy Rider.
INTERVIEWS Mudhoney Return With Sleazy Ninth Album 'Vanishing Point'.
This win-at-all-costs approach is what we expect from sleazy politicians, not judicial candidates.
Aubrey O'Day Slammed for " Sleazy " Outfit.
Councilman Calls Store's Anti-Union Practices 'Fresh & Sleazy .
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