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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Marked by low quality; inferior; inadequate.
  • adj. Dishonorable; base; vulgar; raunchy; sordid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting firmness of texture or substance; thin; flimsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of thin or flimsy substance; composed of poor or light material: said of a textile fabric.

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

  • adj. of cloth; thin and loosely woven
  • adj. morally degraded
  • adj. of very poor quality; flimsy


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "Beside her, on a little thin clothespole, hung a mantle and a coat of sleazy material. The mantle had no fur linings, but very poor and shabby ones of heavy, shaggy black lamb."

    --The Romance of the Rose, Guilluame de Lorris & Jean de Meun

    November 14, 2010