skeevy


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skee·vy

(skē′vē)
adj. skee·vi·er, skee·vi·est Slang
Offensively disgusting or repulsive; sleazy: "ward off skeevy potential stalkers" (Rachel Kramer Bussel).

[Perhaps from Sicilian schifiu, disgust, or a kindred form in a regional language of southern Italy (influenced by English -y), or from Italian schifo, disgust + -y (schifiu and schifo both ultimately from Old French eschif, ill-tempered, fierce, disliking human contact (of wild animals), of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scēoh, shy).]
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