seediness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n seediness a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Seediness The quality or state of being seedy, shabby, or worn out; a state of wretchedness or exhaustion. "What is called seediness , after a debauch, is a plain proof that nature has been outraged."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seediness The character or condition of being seedy. The state of abounding in seed.
    • n seediness Exhausted or worn-out condition as regards health or spirits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Seediness the state of being seedy: shabbiness: exhaustion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sǽdsáwan, to sow; Ice. sádh, Ger. saat.

Usage

In literature:

My, how seedy I feel this afternoon!
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Captain Stubber was a tall thin gentleman, probably over sixty years of age, with very seedy clothes, and a red nose.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
They were raw-boned, seedy-looking lads, of from seventeen to twenty-two.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
One fine day this seedy specimen of humanity was found among the "comrades" exchanging vague remarks with one and another.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
He admits that he was seedy, and had had a bad night.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Small, seedy sorts demanded ten bushels for one.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Punctually at one o'clock, being the appointed hour, he appeared at the Bush in his usual seedy attire.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
And yet this seedy figure conflicted painfully with his ideas of the uptown type.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The advancing person was a seedy-looking individual, stooping, seemingly bent under the weight of a bulky accordion.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Choose apples and cucumbers of a sort the least seedy, quarter them, or cut them in slices.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In poetry:

It was an actor, seedy, sad,
Who stood within the gate;
Long weary marches he had had -
He had not dined of late.
"His Bread And His Art" by C J Dennis
Swaggering over the stones,
These shabby bucks did walk;
And I went and followed those seedy ones,
And listened to their talk.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
“We want a little change of air;
On that,” they said, “we must insist;
We cannot any longer bear
The seedy sex-impressionist.”
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
And half with weakness. "Sir," I said,
— But with a mien of dignity
The seedy stranger raised his head:
"My friends, I'm Santa Claus," said he.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
The things she endured!—
The dumb dames shrieking half the night
Or the two of us, alone, both seedy,
Me breathing booze at her,
She leaning out of her pot toward the window.
"The Geranium" by Theodore Roethke
I see that from these boys shall men of nothing
Stature by seedy shifting,
Or lame the air with leaping from its hearts;
There from their hearts the dogdayed pulse
Of love and light bursts in their throats.
O see the pulse of summer in the ice.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Spot for Balancing Seediness and Intimacy - 2009.
Seedy side of Windy City.
The Seedy Seeds perform live at NKU.
Obviously this is not seedy in the moral sense—far from it.
Well, maybe one: Single Mom's Seedy Boyfriend.
The Press Endures The Worst, Falters But Resists Seedy Suitors – August 23, 2011.
Singapore's Seedy Neighborhoods and Warehouses Now Hot Spots.
As 'Night Hawk,' Marvin Zindler chronicled seedy Houston.
Seedy message board no reason to restrict freedom of speech.
From seedy to sought-after: D.C.'s Mount Vernon Triangle becoming urban village.
Residences Flower in a Once- Seedy Hoboken Area.
It was once the province of seedy men sneaking in to even seedier cinemas in the worst parts of cities around America.
Detective novelist Michael Connelly trolls L.A.'s seedy underbelly again in 'The Brass Verdict'.
It's seedy, filthy, and so helplessly catchy you'll discover yourself humming the lyrics in church.
Some Atlanta Falcon players said today that they were not surprised when their teammate, Eugene Robinson, was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in a seedy section of Miami the night before Super Bowl XXXIII .
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