\ 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

Other Words from seedy

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

Examples of seedy in a Sentence

He was wearing a seedy suit. a seedy area of the city
Recent Examples on the Web For over a century, carnivals have provided a unique mix of seedy, woozy, all-American fun. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 10 May 2022 But every episode has a seedy, uncomfortable edge to the drama. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Well made period drama taking you behind the curtain of both the con and the seedy souls of those putting one over on us. Ben Flanagan |, al, 24 Mar. 2022 John was from a German American family on Chicago’s North Side, and was a son of a seedy businessman and a doting mother; Frances was born, in 1897, to Jewish immigrants who ran fabric and convenience stores in uptown Manhattan. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 The Korean-Japanese dominate the pachinko industry, based on the popular manic pinball game whose proximity to gambling has garnered parlor owners a seedy reputation. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 The search leads Rob and Amir deep into the semi-seedy underbelly of Portland cuisine. Darren Franich,, 16 Mar. 2022 Other cuts include scenes featuring seedy Parisian exteriors, marginalized communities, and images of children in the bathroom—a bizarre thing to censor in a film about a nursery school. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Reeves' version of Gotham City is seedy, dark, and rain-soaked, the sun only visible at dusk. Chancellor Agard,, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seedy

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Seedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for seedy


\ 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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