\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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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 Times Square was seedy to the point of being dangerous, and Soho and the Bowery remained havens for artists, not multinational fashion brands, though some of those artists engaged with fashion. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Notes from the Underground: With a New Book Out, Bernadette Van-Huy Tracks Her Evolution from Bernadette Corporation to Now," 5 Nov. 2018 Favreau's production is wholly separate from Lucas's, which would have been set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant between the original and prequel trilogies. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 Six months after the blooms appear, clusters of seedy berries invite birds to fatten up for winter. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 But at worst, this series draws its seediest elements through a decidedly Looney Toons lens. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start," 7 Aug. 2018 The house was in an out-of-the way, slightly seedy neighborhood, with stuck-in-the-’70s décor., "Bumps in the Road: Six (avoidable) mistakes travelers make," 5 June 2018 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

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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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