seamy

[ see-mee ]
/ ˈsi mi /

adjective, seam·i·er, seam·i·est.

unpleasant or sordid; low; disagreeable: the seamy side of life.
having, showing, or of the nature of a seam.

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Origin of seamy

1595–1605; seam + -y1; in transferred senses alluding to the unpresentable appearance of the inside of a garment, i.e., where the seams show

OTHER WORDS FROM seamy

seam·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for seamy

seamy
/ (ˈsiːmɪ) /

adjective seamier or seamiest

showing the least pleasant aspect; sordid
(esp of the inner side of a garment) showing many seams

Derived forms of seamy

seaminess, noun
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