seamy

adjective
\ ˈsē-mē How to pronounce seamy (audio) \
seamier; seamiest

Definition of seamy

1 archaic : having the rough side of the seam showing
2a : unpleasant
b : degraded, sordid the seamy side of urban life

Other Words from seamy

seaminess noun

Examples of seamy in a Sentence

She was involved in a seamy corruption scandal.
Recent Examples on the Web His bailiwick is seamy realism, walking the edge of soft-core as lowlife exploiter Larry Clark did with Kids, but never transcending it. Armond White, National Review, 29 Dec. 2021 There are elements of Martin Scorsese’s seamy, violent New York filtered through the comic sensibility of an S. J. Perelman and the experimental whimsy of a Flann O’Brien, and the plot is consistently gripping. Michael Washburn, National Review, 24 Oct. 2021 Because the Woleys’ split had some ostensibly seamy aspects that contrasted with Bryan’s general orderliness, factions of the public—comedians, social media—delighted in mocking the situation. Curtis Sittenfeld, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 Have their reputations been tarnished by scandals such as Operation Varsity Blues, which exposed the seamy side of college admissions in several of America’s most prominent universities? Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Three years later, strange doings are afoot, in a seamy side of England that sees the entrenched upper class feeling threatened by this influx of the extraordinary among them, creating a series of unlikely bedfellows and uneasy alliances. Brian Lowry, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021 Granted, former Louisville Board of Trustees chairman David Grissom wanted Pitino gone over previous issues, including a seamy restaurant liaison and a seamier stripper scandal. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 2 Apr. 2021 The seamy Epstein saga has even spilled into Britain’s royal family. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 The story is both pleasantly seamy and inconsequential, as pat and flimsy as a mad-science soap opera. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of seamy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jan 2022

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“Seamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seamy. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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seamy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of seamy

: of or relating to unpleasant and usually illegal things (such as crime, drugs, etc.)

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