sleazy

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
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adj morally degraded

sleazy characters hanging around casinos”
“" sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly”
Synonyms:
seamy, seedy, sordid, squalid
disreputable
lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance

adj of cloth; thin and loosely woven

“the coat has a sleazy lining”
Synonyms:
thin
of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

adj of very poor quality; flimsy

Synonyms:
bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, tinny
inferior
of low or inferior quality

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