adjective, seam·i·er, seam·i·est.
Origin of seamy
Examples from the Web for seamy
This is nudity as lifestyle, health, openness — not seamy or steamy.
From college coaches to Herman Cain and now Bill Richardson, the seamy stories just keep on coming.Bill Richardson, Herman Cain, Jerry Sandusky: Sex Scandal Saturation|Howard Kurtz|December 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The seamy side of British democracy was appropriately symbolized.
And the disclosure that Abedin is pregnant added an overlay of pathos to the seamy tale.
While some have sailed right past the seamy details, others have seen their careers damaged beyond repair.
Never before have we had the seamy side of glorious war so well depicted.The Little Regiment|Stephen Crane
You get to see the seamy side of a civilization, you know, when you live there yourself.You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did|David E. Fisher
The first nine satires present a wonderfully vivid picture of the seamy side of life at Rome at the end of the first century.Helps to Latin Translation at Sight|Edmund Luce
Of course, the caricaturing of pictures has its seamy as well as its smooth side.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Harry Furniss
But even war, as the philosopher remarked, has its seamy side, and the enemy did not appear.The War in the Air; Vol. 1|Walter Raleigh.
British Dictionary definitions for seamy
adjective seamier or seamiest
Word Origin and History for seamy
c.1600, "least pleasant, worst," in figurative phrase seamy side, from seam + -y (2); the seamy side of a sewn garment being the less attractive, and thus typically turned in. The popularity of the figurative sense likely is due to its use by Shakespeare in "Othello" IV.ii.146: "Some such Squire he was That turn'd your wits the seamy-side without, And made you to suspect me with the Moore."