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adjective, seed·i·er, seed·i·est.
  1. abounding in seed.
  2. containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit.
  3. gone to seed; bearing seeds.
  4. poorly kept; run-down; shabby.
  5. shabbily dressed; unkempt: a seedy old tramp.
  6. physically run-down; under the weather: He felt a bit seedy after his operation.
  7. somewhat disreputable; degraded: a seedy hotel.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for seedier

Contemporary Examples of seedier

  • Now, someone who once supplied famous friends with drugs is talking, shedding light on the seedier side of Hollywood living.

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    Drug Dealers to the Stars

    Christine Pelisek

    October 20, 2010

Historical Examples of seedier

British Dictionary definitions for seedier


adjective seedier or seediest
  1. shabby or unseemly in appearanceseedy clothes
  2. (of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds
  3. 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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