Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sleaze n.

also sleeze
[backform. f. sleazy adj.]

1. [1950s+] (US) anything considered disgusting, shabby or offensive; also attrib.

2. [1970s+] (also sleazster) an unappealing, seedy person.

3. [1970s+] (US, also sleez, sleazebitchlet) a sexually promiscuous woman.

In derivatives

sleazo (n.) (also el sleazo, sleazoid, sleezoid) [-o sfx (1)]

1. [1970s+] (US) a disgusting, obnoxious person.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

3. [1980s+] a sexually promiscuous woman.

In compounds

sleazebag (n.) (also sleazeball, sleazyball, sleezebag) [-bag sfx/-ball sfx]

1. [1980s+] a distasteful person, with overtones of dirtiness, criminality and sexual excess.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

sleazebitchlet (n.)

see sense 3 above.


see separate entries.

sleazehole (n.) [hole n.1 ]

[1990s+] a seedy, run-down place, a down-market bar or club.

sleazemonger (n.) [-monger sfx]

[1960s+] (US) a producer or seller of inferior, trashy or pornographic entertainment.