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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

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Historical Examples of seedy

  • Not so for Louis, who was impatient that so seedy a person should presume to stop them.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • He was a seedy individual, with a face that was horribly pockmarked.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • What was it to me that he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin?

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • You see the child looking pale and seedy, and say at once, "something on her mind."

  • A pair of seedy thoroughbreds, they was, seedy and down and out.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for seedy


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 seedy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper