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    Question It's sleazy.

    What does "sleaze (noun)"mean in the sentence : "The pop-singer was arrested for sleaze. " I could find "sleazy(adj)" in the dictionary, but there is no entry of "sleaze(noun)" Can somebody enlighten with some examples.

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    Re: It's sleazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by rameshpahwa View Post
    What does "sleaze (noun)"mean in the sentence : "The pop-singer was arrested for sleaze. " I could find "sleazy(adj)" in the dictionary, but there is no entry of "sleaze(noun)" Can somebody enlighten with some examples.
    It's what's called a 'back-formation'. The adjective came first (I think it's a portmanteau of "slimy" and "greasy"), and the noun was back-formed from it (I believe in the context of political skulduggery, originally). The pop-singer in your story won't have been officially charged with "sleaze" - it's a journalist's word (often used by sub-editors trying to write headlines that will fit in a narrow column).

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