\ˈsē-dē \
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 \ adverb
seediness \ˈsē-dē-nəs \ noun

Examples of seedy in a Sentence

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

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Old Princeton Landing, once a pretty seedy dive bar, has been reborn as a family-friendly venue, with decorative surfboards looming in the rafters. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Half Moon Bay harbor," 11 July 2018 Yet away from the television screens, much of the original, rebellious and lascivious spirit of dangdut can still be found across Indonesia, in bars, seedier clubs and at spontaneous outdoor concerts set up by youngsters wanting to have a good time. The Economist, "To Muslim zealots’ dismay, Indonesians love raunchy dangdut music," 1 Feb. 2018 The museum, Transformer Station, has been a catalyst for dynamic change in a once-seedy neighborhood on the West Side of Cleveland, and was one inspiration for the triennial. New York Times, "New Triennial Offers Artists the Canvas of Cleveland," 11 July 2018 Also a former judge, Venckiene is viewed by some Lithuanians as a heroine for exposing a seedy criminal network, but others see her as a manipulator who fabricated the pedophilia claims. Washington Post, "US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge," 12 July 2018 The UpStairs Lounge was, by most accounts, a seedy dive, and the show’s power derives from its ability to place the viewer inside that world. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 Those signs might include a lack of breast fullness three to four days after delivery, a lack of yellow seedy stools from the baby four to five days after delivery, and the baby not being settled after feedings, according to Spatz. Taylyn Washington-harmon, SELF, "Tia Mowry Says These Foods Help Keep Up Her Milk Supply," 22 June 2018 For our latest issue, Ryan Smith delved into the seedy history of pinball and the champion player Roger Sharpe, who helped lift the ban on the game while his sons are leading today's renaissance. Jamie Ramsay, Chicago Reader, "Take a look deep inside the guts of a pinball machine," 7 May 2018 Another telling episode was an encounter with a rat in a seedy entrance of his crumbling apartment building. Vladimir Isachenkov,, "Putin unlikely to let a US strike in Syria go unanswered," 12 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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