Definition of sleazy in English:

sleazy

adjective

  • 1(of a person or situation) sordid, corrupt, or immoral.

    ‘a sleazy private detective’
    • ‘You may challenge my ethics, call me a sleazy lawyer, but it is best for you.’
    • ‘She's the sort of no-nonsense girl who can nail those sleazy witnesses.’
    • ‘There's a lot of crazy ways to waste your money and a lot of sleazy people trying to take your money.’
    • ‘He becomes embroiled in a kidnapping caper involving Debbie's sleazy agent, and Jean goes all the way to help Marva get her shot at fame.’
    • ‘People must think I'm some sleazy bimbo at large in the world and your role is to fret about me and play the hero.’
    • ‘He used people, he was sleazy and unreliable and he was not what you would call a nice person.’
    • ‘Country matters involve his mother's rather sleazy partner and his daughter Rosie, Felix's one-time girlfriend.’
    • ‘They were a bit more seedy and sleazy, which was what I liked.’
    • ‘A true and truly appalling story about sleazy people who saw what they wanted to until a decent judge lost his patience and blew a whistle.’
    • ‘He meets an assortment of sleazy agents and producers and male prostitutes with hearts of gold.’
    • ‘What I thought were decisions and loves that were mine and mine alone had been planted in my head by sleazy characters I could barely imagine.’
    • ‘It's difficult not to appear as a sleazy slave dealer looking over the merchandise.’
    • ‘The applause for him drowned out whatever that sleazy guy at the end was ranting about.’
    • ‘This time let's hope the media don't go down that sleazy road.’
    • ‘He is completely embarrassed - he is not a sleazy person.’
    • ‘He made no apologies for his rackety lifestyle, his liking for louche and even sleazy companions, his lavish consumption of cigars, brandy and champagne.’
    • ‘Professional catastrophe, which occurs both to Hugh and to Helen's sleazy father, is little more than an inconvenience to be sidestepped or diverted by trusted retainers.’
    • ‘Grace glared at the sleazy man that took her hand, as Nicholas and Henry walked off, now deeply engrossed in conversation.’
    • ‘I have been most successful when I have played sleazy people.’
    corrupt, immoral, sordid, unsavoury, unpleasant, disreputable
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) squalid and seedy.
      ‘a sleazy all-night cafe’
      • ‘Nalirra isn't a low-class, sleazy place like Brandt or Quet, but prejudice is high there and people seem to be tightly wound and minor things tend to set them off.’
      • ‘I dipped into the heritage-soaked Latin Quarter and the bohemian - if sometimes sleazy - area of Montmartre.’
      • ‘It was a grubby, grotty, sleazy, cruisy dive, but it had atmosphere, and we all loved it despite ourselves.’
      • ‘He went drinking and he usually goes to this sleazy place in Brooklyn.’
      • ‘However, Max is addled with a sacred sacrificial goat that he needs to deliver to a wedding in Yeoville, a sleazy suburb in Johannesburg.’
      • ‘His city is relentlessly sleazy and oppressive, and its cops apparently exist only to crack open the heads of innocent bystanders.’
      • ‘I won't say that our apartment was a dump, but it was pretty sleazy, featuring the tacky look of most cement-block constructions, although it did come with a big TV.’
      • ‘The town's main thoroughfare Duval Street, once borderline sleazy, is now rather smart and other quarters have been similarly refurbished.’
      • ‘She drives a little pink car to her favourite sleazy punk places.’
      • ‘Set in a sleazy modern red-light district, this garish, noisy production has plenty of style, but the play's disparity of substance has been emphasised, not reconciled.’
      • ‘What came as a shock later was his murder in the late '70s. Crane was found in a sleazy motel room, bludgeoned to death by a tripod.’
      • ‘Throughout the whole film I couldn't help but think it was really a comedy despite the harsh realities of Melbourne's criminal and sleazy world.’
      • ‘He loved making a sleazy nightclub atmosphere: an excuse for expensive cigars and a lot of red wine.’
      • ‘Lautrec lived in the Montmartre section, the nightlife quarter of cabarets, cafes, restaurants, sleazy dance halls and brothels.’
      • ‘In the twisted world of this movie's story line, the young pimp is a good guy, and the mayor of its imaginary city is sleazy.’
      • ‘Every Colombian city has a sleazy shopping district called a San Andresito where you can pick up a bottle of Scotch without paying those pesky import duties that double the price.’
      • ‘A few of our cast make their way along a now quieting Calle Atocha toward the station, bypassing a few sleazy dives as they go.’
      • ‘We are dealing with Internet chat rooms: sleazy and unreliable, with no accountability.’
      • ‘He didn't want to buy into that cliche, although jazz did originate in rather sleazy places.’
      squalid, seedy, seamy, sordid, slummy, insalubrious, unpleasant, unprepossessing, mean, cheap, low-class, run down, down at heel
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  • 2dated (of textiles and clothing) flimsy.

    • ‘The anarchic dirty rock group androgenously slip onto the stage, fully clad in sleazy scarves and leather trousers.’
    • ‘Plus the clothes here were perfectly fine, and I wasn't wasting my money on some sleazy outfit from some swanky store just for a date.’
    • ‘Monday night was another night of the fiddley diddley, where Sammy ensured he picked up a title with the sleazy shirt award.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

sleazy

/ˈsliːzi/