Definition of sleaze noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sliːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sliːz//
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  1. 1[uncountable] dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially by politicians or business people allegations of sleaze The candidate was seriously damaged by the sleaze factor. See related entries: Immoral
  2. 2[uncountable] behaviour or conditions that are unpleasant and not socially acceptable, especially because sex is involved the sleaze of a town that was once a naval base
  3. 3[countable] (also sleazebag
    BrE BrE//ˈsliːzbæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsliːzbæɡ//
    , sleazeball
    BrE BrE//ˈsliːzbɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsliːzbɔːl//
    especially in North American English
    a dishonest or immoral person
  4. Word Origin1960s: back-formation from sleazy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sleaze