seedy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj seedy morally degraded "a seedy district","the seamy side of life","sleazy characters hanging around casinos","sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly","the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce","the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"
    • adj seedy full of seeds "as seedy as a fig"
    • adj seedy somewhat ill or prone to illness "my poor ailing grandmother","feeling a bit indisposed today","you look a little peaked","feeling poorly","a sickly child","is unwell and can't come to work"
    • adj seedy shabby and untidy "a surge of ragged scruffy children","he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin"- Mark Twain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seedy Abounding with seeds; bearing seeds; having run to seeds.
    • Seedy Having a peculiar flavor supposed to be derived from the weeds growing among the vines; -- said of certain kinds of French brandy.
    • Seedy Old and worn out; exhausted; spiritless; also, poor and miserable looking; shabbily clothed; shabby looking; as, he looked seedy; a seedy coat. "Little Flanigan here . . . is a little seedy , as we say among us that practice the law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • seedy Abounding with seeds; running to seed.
    • seedy Having a peculiar flavor, supposed to be derived from weeds growing among the vines: applied to French brandy.
    • seedy Full of spawn, as a seed-fish.
    • seedy Run to seed; no longer fresh, new, or prosperous; worn-out; shabby; poor: as, a seedy coat; to look rather seedy.
    • seedy Looking or feeling wretched, as after a debauch; not well; out of sorts.
    • seedy In glass-making, containing the bubbles called seed.
    • n seedy See sidi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Seedy abounding with seed: run to seed: having the flavour of seeds: worn out: out of sorts, looking or feeling unwell: shabby
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

This morning I was very dull and seedy; but I got a good walk, and picked up again.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
You are seedy-looking, and rather dull, and not a bit amusing.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
The judge looks the seedy one.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
They had had a bit of a tossing, Peter said, in the Bay, and Toffy had been very seedy but was better.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
She was rather seedy and done up before she left, and those old people are bad correspondents.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
He wore an old felt hat, a seedy blouse, and tucked his trousers' legs into the tops of his boots.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
His whole appearance was what the world now calls seedy.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Cut figs in strips, place the seedy side around a piece of cream dough.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
He tramped the streets of Brussels, at first in seedy clothes and at last in filth and horrible rags.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Jim arose, seedy and lank, and the voices ceased, save for another suppressed titter.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
It was a slow journey, and toward the end of it Buck felt rather seedy.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
A seedy-looking man in a rusty black coat opened the door.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
I've been a bit seedy lately and I'm going to try the effects of a long walk.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Seedy and down-at-heel, they lounge about the cafes and hotels frequented by English travellers.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
Well, there's a seedy-looking chap over there, who seems up to no good.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
Archie took it good-naturedly and kept usually cheerful, though seedy and often hungry.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
His carriage was very erect; his coat, which was rather seedy, was close buttoned to his chin.
"International Short Stories" by Various
You know how seedy he was this evening.
"A Veldt Vendetta" by Bertram Mitford
Like A B C D (a bee seedy).
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
When one gets seedy, one goes to the hot springs in the Hakone mountains close to Yokohama.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
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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
A seedy young man in Savanah
Fell in love with a rich girl named Anna,
But her papa got mad
And swore that "By Gad,
The fellow shall never Havana!"
"The Tale Of Three Cities" by Edwin Carty Ranck
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

In news:

In March, Ralph Ronzio went to a warehouse in a seedy part of Orange County, Calif, and watched a guy auction off his condo for half what he'd paid for it.
Plus transforming the seedy side of Las Vegas.
This week, Eric & Arnie pull back the curtain and show us the seedy underbelly of the comic book industry on Twitter.
Any way you slice it, this is one seedy dispute.
Between Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor, and seedy tattoo parlors, 2011 has been a forgettable year for The Ohio State University .
Cain allegations bring seediness to campain.
The Grizzly Studio experience is what studio owner and Flying Harald Records chief Tschann, 28, describes as 'the seedy underbelly' of the recording industry.
Biscayne Boulevard pays homage to its seedy past (and, um, present) with Red Light .
I don't know what to do about the seedy, dirty-looking people hanging around, but there is something many of us can do about litter.
I got the notion the other day to try to conduct interviews on the seedy distraction-of-the-moment, Chat Roulette .
Cincinnati's The Seedy Seeds Return to South Park Tavern.
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head with The Seedy Seeds.
Christian Bale shot scenes for Knights of Cups in L.A.'s seedy skid row neighborhood June 18.
Product offerings include Baroque, Quarter Reed and antique glass style Seedy varieties.
A Boston City Council committee has been working on a plan to fix up the Common , reversing the effects of a quarter-century of creeping seediness.
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