sleazy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sleazy morally degraded "a seedy district","the seamy side of life","sleazy characters hanging around casinos","sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly","the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce","the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"
    • adj sleazy of very poor quality; flimsy
    • adj sleazy of cloth; thin and loosely woven "the coat has a sleazy lining"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sleazy Wanting firmness of texture or substance; thin; flimsy; as, sleazy silk or muslin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sleazy Of thin or flimsy substance; composed of poor or light material: said of a textile fabric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sleazy slā′zi or slē′zi thin and flimsy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. schleissig, worn out, threadbare, from schleissen, to slit, split, decay, or E. leasy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ger. schleissig, worn out, readily split—schleissen, to split.

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
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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:

Some spoilsports continue to complain that this was a sleazy and cynical play for ratings.
The Sleaziness of Politico's Kenneth Vogel.
Getting Slithery and Sleazy, Slurring with Slash.
'Horrible Bosses' boasts vengeful Jason Bateman, sleazy Jennifer Aniston, hit-and-miss script.
The Sleazy Wheezy G Eazy.
The Paperboy ' delivers gooey, sleazy cheese.
In the eternally sleazy pension consulting industry, some of the guys allegedly taking kickbacks are going away in handcuffs.
It's called Omegle and it is sleazy.
Sleazy stories of IPL players, officials and cheerleaders bringing disgrace to the glitzy and glamourous cash-rich league.
Not since the days of National Airlines' "fly me" commercials have I heard of such blatantly sleazy airline promos as I read about this morning in this editorial on E-Turbo News.
How to Self-Promote--Without Being Sleazy .
Sleazy Super PAC Ad's Claim Debunked.
Sleazy 'Piranha 3DD' is sub-par sequel.
Mourdock campaign demands Democrats pull ' sleazy ' ads.
The sleazy side of politics.
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