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

Definition of seamy

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

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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 For all Duncan’s seamier instincts, Bartlett presents the editor as someone willing to burn anyone anytime, no matter how powerful or connected—a quality that can occasionally make the Post invaluable. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The PBS Drama That Untangles British Journalism," 9 Oct. 2019 CrimeCon can occasionally feel like another compromise with the seamier side of true crime. Author: Britt Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, "Victims, families and America’s thirst for true-crime stories," 31 July 2019 At trial, prosecutors are expected to present evidence that purports to expose a seamy side of the billion-dollar industry of Division I college basketball and has prompted calls for sweeping overhauls. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Criminal Trial to Cap Off Tumultuous Year in NCAA Basketball," 27 Sep. 2018 Nothing quite ups the tawdry factor in an already seamy situation than these ritual apologies. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 Like Simon’s The Wire, The Deuce also offers a panoramic view of a system whose every level is connected in a seamy web of corruption and exploitation. Joy Press, HWD, "How The Deuce Turned Its Lens on a Female Porn Auteur," 20 June 2018 At The Baffler, Zach Webb looks behind the Dream Machine’s whimsical facade to pick apart its seamy underbelly. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "You’ll Dream What We Tell You To Dream and You’ll Like It," 5 May 2018 The seamy and saintly business of biblical relic collecting dates back to the fourth century, when Helena of Constantine came to Jerusalem looking for pieces of the True Cross. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "The Messiah Cometh: Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible Descends on the Nation's Capital," 7 Apr. 2016 Staged by John Ferry, the comedy explores the seamier side of Hollywood, the reality lurking just underneath Tinseltown’s Botoxed and styled-to-the-hilt façade. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "‘Clark Gable Slept Here’ still hilarious second time around | Miami Herald," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of seamy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seamy

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

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