\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web This seedy bread starts with sprouting rye berries, which Shim soaks, strains, and rinses twice a day for two days. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "This Seeded Bread Restored My Faith in Fancy Breakfast Toast," 26 Dec. 2019 In the second half of the twentieth century, the neighborhood was industrial, desolate, and considered seedy. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park," 11 Dec. 2019 The Bowery reference made the area seem rather seedy and sordid, conjuring up images of barroom brawls, prostitution, roustabouts and gambling houses. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019 Beginning with anxiety-inducing micro-budget indies like Daddy Longlegs (2009), the directing duo have specialized in stories that crackle with the nervy energy of New York’s seedy underbelly. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Gritty, Spellbinding Tragedy of Uncut Gems," 12 Dec. 2019 Try granola bites, sesame seeds, or these nutty, seedy Clean Snax from Melissa’s. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Think beyond your basic pepperoni and cheddar. Here's how to build the snacky graze board of your dreams.," 12 Dec. 2019 In the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, two clashing detectives -- one human and the other a puppet -- must work together to solve the brutal murders of former cast members of a beloved puppet TV show. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 CyberInt researcher Jason Hill told the BBC that this indeed seems to be the case with the Disney+ credentials for sale in the Web’s seedy underbelly. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Disney+ 'hack' panic stresses why you need to use unique passwords," 18 Nov. 2019 Rather, the production crew, led by Iron Man and Swingers Director Jon Favreau, seems to really understand what makes a seedy Star Wars story worth following. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Mandalorian’s first episode is a no-brainer reason to pay for Disney+," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seedy

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seedy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce seedy (audio)

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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