\ ˈsē-dē How to pronounce seedy (audio) \
seedier; seediest

Definition of seedy

1 : containing or full of seeds a seedy fruit
2 : inferior in condition or quality: such as
a : shabby, run-down seedy clothes
b : somewhat disreputable a seedy district a seedy lawyer
c : slightly unwell : debilitated felt seedy and went home early

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Other Words from seedy

seedily \ ˈsē-​də-​lē How to pronounce seedily (audio) \ adverb
seediness \ ˈsē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce seediness (audio) \ noun

Examples of seedy in a Sentence

He was wearing a seedy suit. a seedy area of the city

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Most are crispy and seedy, predominately made from rice and sesame. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best gluten-free crackers — and the lousy ones," 29 June 2019 Ultimately, that Apple may be forced to be friendlier, out of fear it gets roped into investigations currently ensnaring its more seedy tech rivals, is perhaps the best devs can ask for. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Inside Apple’s walled garden, developers take cover from Silicon Valley’s storms," 21 June 2019 Before the shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub claimed 49 lives, the largest mass killing of gay people took place at a seedy New Orleans dive more than 40 years earlier. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "'My story, too': Dallas' Uptown Players brings victims of 1973 gay bar fire to life in 'View UpStairs'," 20 June 2019 During that time, the once-seedy area has emerged as a top destination for restaurants, bars, shops and residential, hotel and office towers. Ryan Ori,, "Landmark Medinah Temple to be redeveloped — again — by 'mayor of River North'," 14 June 2019 Property crime is rife, and many storefronts still stand unused, because retailers are afraid to commit to such a seedy area. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 For the cinephile: Hollywood & Crime Hollywood's seedy underbelly is the setting of some of the world's most famous murders — so why not have a podcast devoted entirely to that particular location? Rebecca Farley,, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 There’s even a seedy underbelly: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Lorraine Ali,, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019 The 58-year-old hotelier helped create a new type of lodging class in New York City, which until the 1990s was dominated by high-price luxury hotels and cheaper but often seedy rooms for rent. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "End of an Era as New York’s Budget Hotel King Calls It Quits," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of seedy

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seedy

: dirty or in bad condition
: not respectable or decent
: having bad morals


\ ˈsē-dē How to pronounce seedy (audio) \
seedier; seediest

Kids Definition of seedy

1 : having or full of seeds a seedy orange
2 : poor in condition or quality a seedy hotel

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