1. of a person, unpleasant, poss. criminal, generally distasteful.
|Death on a Dude Ranch (1953) 80: Al and his sleezy wife.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 151: A heavily made-up, sleazy-looking bitch.|
|Oz 6 3/2: Your two sleazy would-be exposers managed to invent so much other rubbish about us [etc.].|
|Manchester Guardian Weekly 2 Aug. 20: Her sleazo routines seem half-rehearsed. Her dirty jokes sound almost like last-gasp fill-ins for the cleaner lines she was supposed to deliver but forgot.|
|Tel. (Brisbane) 3 Aug. 10/3: When I made the mistake of calling them ‘sleazy’ to their faces, their reaction was outrage. ‘Don’t call me a sleaze,’ said Miss Currie.|
|Animal Factory 39: Make sure sleazy ass Preacher doesn’t run in a couple of bogus tickets.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 247: I kicked his sleazy ass out when I caught him trying to tape-record me.|
|High Concept 133: I don’t understand why those sleazy bastards like whores so much.|
|Guardian Rev. 14 Jan. 2: Sleazy private dicks.|
2. of a thing, dirty, run-down, decayed.
|Texas Stories (1995) 62: The paw seized Mack’s shirt [...] with a yank which ripped the sleazy cloth down to the navel.‘A Place to Lie Down’ in|
|Little Sister 82: The sleazy hamburger joints.|
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 96: Old hands in the sleazy bypaths of crime, they could pretty well guess what had happened to her.|
|Big Gold Dream 190: A corner was curtained off for a clothes closet by a sleazy curtain.|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 98: Inside the sleazy, untidy room a man was sitting in an armchair, without a collar on, reading the racing results.|
|Return of the Hood 42: They were glad to pinpoint him at a sleezy gin mill that featured a belly dancer.|
|Go-Boy! 62: I was still living in a cheap rooming house in a sleazy district.|
|Brown’s Requiem 15: [I was] putting the arm on some counter-culture bimbo for her sleazy bus. [Ibid.] 158: He’s got this hotel and bar that he owns. Really a sleazo racket.|
|Observer Screen 9 Jan. 11: An innocent country boy moves into a sleazy hotel near Time Square.|
|Life 166: You were really in one of the sleaziest businesses there is, without actuallty being a gangster.|
3. (US juv.) lucky.
|With the Boys 169: Sleezy, adj. Lucky, often with the implication that the luck was undeserved (as in ‘sleezy catch’).|
4. perverse, sexually or otherwise.
|Family 73: Death-trip [satanist] groups that must have provided powerful sleazo inputs into manson.|
|inConversations in a Brothel 125: It’s not a sleazy industry. Sleazy people exist, but I am not a sleazy person and this is not a sleazy joint.|
|Chopper 3 4: Tanya was a sadistic whore and the whole thing was getting quite sleazy.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 273: Ah’ve goat a belter ah a hard-on n she looks as sexy and sleazy as fuck.|