\ 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 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 Wilma is the one who tells Lala the cautionary tale of the two beautiful sisters who were told by their loving parents to never go down to the tunnels that undergird Baxter's Beach, and where much seedy activity takes place. Shannon Gibney, Star Tribune, "Review: "How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House," by Cherie Jones," 5 Feb. 2021 Salman bin Mahmoud, a wealthy Saudi student (and playboy) who is also a fanatic James Bond fan, is found in a seedy part of the city. Robert Croan • Pittsburgh Post-gazette, Star Tribune, "Review: 'A Song for the Dark Times,' by Ian Rankin," 18 Jan. 2021 But principles alone did not take Harris beyond the seedy courthouses of the East Bay. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris’s journey: Principles, loyalties and compromises," 15 Jan. 2021 While his initial plans will keep the apartments and restart a fast-food restaurant, Torres said his goal is to re-make the area now known mostly as a seedy spot close to the highway on-ramp. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "Sidney Torres buys half block on Tulane Avenue; aims to revive area near expressway," 16 Dec. 2020 Navalny’s team responded to his arrest by releasing a video that purports to reveal the details of a secret palace dedicated to Putin’s enjoyment, replete with seedy details about the gargantuan residence. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Opposition leader, facing Putin crackdown, throws a stripper pole into US-Russia relations," 22 Jan. 2021 Located across the street from Twitter’s world headquarters, NEMA was part of an ambitious plan to revitalize San Francisco’s seedy Mid-Market neighborhood. Marc Joffe, National Review, "Echoes of the Great Recession in Commercial Real Estate," 22 Dec. 2020 Ostensibly, the film centers on a seedy startup that grants temporary, and unpredictable, super powers to its consumers. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 15 best films of a bizarre (and probably historic) year for film," 19 Dec. 2020 In some ways the movie is like when the lights come on at the end of the night in a club and what once felt seductive is in an instant revealed to be seedy. Los Angeles Times, "‘Promising Young Woman’ isn’t asking for your approval. But it’ll keep you talking," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of seedy

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Seedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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