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.

Nearby words

  1. seamlessly,
  2. seamoth,
  3. seamount,
  4. seamster,
  5. seamstress,
  6. seamy side,
  7. sean,
  8. seanad éireann,
  9. seance,
  10. seaperch

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

Related formsseam·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 Formsseaminess, noun

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Word Origin and History for seamy

seamy

adj.

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."

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