Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for seedy on Thesaurus.com adjective, seed·i·er, seed·i·est. abounding in seed. containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit. gone to seed; bearing seeds. poorly kept; run-down; shabby. shabbily dressed; unkempt: a seedy old tramp. physically run-down; under the weather: He felt a bit seedy after his operation. somewhat disreputable; degraded: a seedy hotel. Origin of seedy
First recorded in
-y 1 Related forms seed·i·ly, adverb seed·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for seedier Contemporary Examples Now, someone who once supplied famous friends with drugs is talking, shedding light on the seedier side of Hollywood living. British Dictionary definitions for seedier adjective seedier or seediest shabby or unseemly in appearance seedy clothes (of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds informal not physically fit; sickly Derived Forms seedily, adverb seediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seedier seedy adj.
mid-15c., "fruitful, abundant," from
seed (n.) + -y (2). From 1570s as "abounding in seeds." Meaning "shabby" is from 1739, probably in reference to the appearance of a flowering plant that has run to seed. Related: Seediness.
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