from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sleazy condition, quality, or appearance: "His record of public service is untouched by any stain of shadiness or sleaze” ( James J. Kilpatrick).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. low moral standards
  • n. a person with low moral standards
  • n. (the commonest instance of the above) a man who is sexually aggressive or forward with women to the point of disgust

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar


Back-formation from sleazy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From “sleazy”, originally used to describe the thinness and low quality of cloth (Wiktionary)


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