1. Silesia (西里西亚) => Slesia => Sleasia => Sleasie => sleasy => sleaze.
2. It is common practice to name fabrics after their place of manufacture, and from the 17th century that applied to cloth made in Silesia.
3. sleazy, originally used to describe the thinness and low quality of cloth.
来自辅音丛 sl-,黏滑的，淤泥的，泥浆的，比较 slop,slosh,slough,sludge.引申词义脏肮的，污 秽的等。
- sleazy (adj.)
- 1640s, "downy, fuzzy," later "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1660s), of unknown origin; one theory is that it is a corruption of Silesia, the German region, where thin linen or cotton fabric was made for export. Silesia in reference to cloth is attested in English from 1670s; and sleazy as an abbreviated form is attested from 1670), but OED is against this. Sense of "sordid" is from 1941. Related: Sleazily; sleaziness.
A day is a more magnificent cloth than any muslin, the mechanism that makes it is infinitely cunninger, and you shall not conceal the sleazy, fraudulent, rotten hours you have slipped into the piece, nor fear that any honest thread, or straighter steel, or more inflexible shaft, will not testify in the web. [Emerson, "The Conduct of Life," 1860]
- 1. The accusations are making the government's conduct appear increasingly sleazy.
- 2. They took me to a sleazy back - street hotel.
- 3. Downstairs in the windowless basement, where the real work is done, it is sleazy and sweaty.
- 4. Her sleazy gossip was very off - putting.
- 5. He looks like a bum who's been drowning his sorrows in sleazy dives.
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