Something that is sleazy is low and nasty. It’s a perfect word to describe characters like the sleazy door-to-door con men who cheat old ladies into selling them their jewelry at a deep discount.

Sleazy originally meant flimsy, but nowadays it’s only used to describe morally degraded people or places. Usually it refers to sexual behavior, but it is often associated with people trying to swindle others as well. It’s not as bad as perverse or criminal, which suggest that a line has been crossed. But sleazy people make you feel uncomfortable, for sure.

Definitions of sleazy
  1. adjective
    morally degraded
    sleazy characters hanging around casinos”
    “" sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly”
    synonyms: seamy, seedy, sordid, squalid
    lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
  2. adjective
    of cloth; thin and loosely woven
    “the coat has a sleazy lining”
    of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
  3. adjective
    of very poor quality; flimsy
    synonyms: bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, tinny
    of low or inferior quality
Word Family
F1 image

Express yourself in 25 languages

  • Learn immersively - no memorization required
  • Build skills for real-world conversations
  • Get immediate feedback on your pronunciation
Get started for $7.99/month