\ 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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My middle school in downtown Chicago was situated across the street from a seedy McDonald’s and down the block from a halfway house. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 The new Doc’s, in fact, looks and feels eerily similar to the old Doc’s: same seedy lighting, same cash-only policy. Sarah Fritsche,, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 This version of Merlin also appears, from time to time, as an owl, and as a properly venerable, though pleasingly seedy, sorcerer played by Patrick Stewart. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Some Brief, Shining Moments," 24 Jan. 2019 Tromboncino Squash The slender, curvy fruits of this Italian heirloom are firm and less seedy than many types. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 The trailer also teases a cult, animal masks, and more seedy plot points. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Chris Pine Is on the Trail of the Black Dahlia in TNT's I Am the Night," 7 Jan. 2019 Pepperidge Farm 15 Grain Whole Grain is a decent bet for a seedy grainy bread - and available at nearly all regular grocery stores - but its ingredient list does have added preservatives to keep it fresher, longer. Molly Kimball,, "Build a better (for you) grilled cheese with gluten-free, vegan recipe, too," 10 Apr. 2018 Bar Sting The improbable location of Sting, on the third floor of a random building, nestled among seedy hostess bars and greasy-spoon dives in the drinker’s enclave of Shinjuku Sanchome, is all part of its charm. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 These cool, gorgeous, lonely spaces conjure up associations with both the futuristic perfection of virtual worlds and vaguely seedy memories of glamorous vacations and escapist activities. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 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 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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