seedy

[see-dee]

adjective, seed·i·er, seed·i·est.


Origin of seedy

First recorded in 1565–75; seed + -y1
Related formsseed·i·ly, adverbseed·i·ness, noun
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seedy

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 seediness

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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