adjective, seed·i·er, seed·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. seedman,
  2. seedpod,
  3. seedsman,
  4. seedstock,
  5. seedtime,
  6. seeger,
  7. seeger, alan,
  8. seeger, pete,
  9. seeing,
  10. seeing eye dog

Origin of seedy

First recorded in 1565–75; seed + -y1

Related formsseed·i·ly, adverbseed·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seedier


adjective seedier or seediest

shabby or unseemly in appearanceseedy clothes
(of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds
informal not physically fit; sickly
Derived Formsseedily, adverbseediness, noun

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Word Origin and History for seedier



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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