The Collaborative International Dictionary
Seedy \Seed"y\, a. [Compar. Seedier; superl. Seediest.]
Abounding with seeds; bearing seeds; having run to seeds.
Having a peculiar flavor supposed to be derived from the weeds growing among the vines; -- said of certain kinds of French brandy.
Old and worn out; exhausted; spiritless; also, poor and miserable looking; shabbily clothed; shabby looking; as, he looked seedy; a seedy coat. [Colloq.]
Little Flanigan here . . . is a little seedy, as we say among us that practice the law.
Seedy toe, an affection of a horse's foot, in which a cavity filled with horn powder is formed between the lamin[ae] and the wall of the hoof.
adj. full of seeds; "as seedy as a fig" [ant: seedless]
shabby and untidy; "a surge of ragged scruffy children"; "he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin"- Mark Twain [syn: scruffy]
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" [syn: seamy, sleazy, sordid, squalid]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Seedy is a compilation album by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. The album was released in 1996 through Karma Kredit Records. Karma Kredit was a pseudonym for David Hayes' Very Small Records. The compilation collects studio outtakes, live tracks, and demo recordings. All releases are currently out of print and occasionally surface on eBay.
a. 1 disreputable, run-down, sleazy. 2 full of seeds. 3 untidy; unkempt 4 infirm; gone to seed. 5 suffering the effects of a hangover 6 (context colloquial English) Having a peculiar flavour supposed to be derived from the weeds growing among the vines; said of certain kinds of French brandy.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
Usage examples of "seedy".
It was almost impossible to recognize the seedy Ascher in this smart young man with the military bearing.
It was almost impossible to recognise the seedy Ascher in this smart young man with the military bearing.
On the wide, shadowless, aseptic surface of the table the raincoat looked out of place, like some jolly, seedy old tramp who has strayed into an operating theatre.
Mexican divorce from Tom Muldoon, Jenny had come across Chuchu Mondragon singing in the seedy Juarez night club she had chosen for an evening of slumming.
After that, I suggested that Bostric try a bench to match the ones Destrin was making for the Horn Inn, perhaps the seediest drinkery in Fenard.
Bent double and howling as I was they had me across the central room and through the other door and into a sparsely furnished office on the other side, where they dropped me on to a stool in front of a scuffed and seedy deal and hardboard desk.
I could turn up at every course where Humber had a runner, looking seedier and seedier and more and more ready to take any job at all, and one day the lad-hungry stable would take the bait.
To find him here, in this seedy tavern, arranging swift passage to Leiss, was a profound shock to Tawl.
An inquisitive young middy could augment his education, in its seedier warrens.
An hour later, I was checked into the Airport Ramada, the seedier of the two airport hotels.
Everybody had been in dead earnest, from the seedy bum whose gasp had awakened him on the park bench, to Skookum and his shotgun and Officer Stevens and his pistol.
As Nick trundles the spunky youngster from one seedy motel to another, stuffs her with junk food, and teaches her the rudiments of spy craft, he also begins to piece together a picture of why Kevin and his family were killed.
There is something in the tone of those instructions of his to Sancho that evokes in one the image of an elderly, seedy, obscure poet, who has never been successful in anything, giving to his sturdy, popular, extravert son a sound bit of advice as to how to be a prosperous plumber or politician.
Two women were sitting on a pair of seedy looking beds, and they smiled as Macro appeared through the door.
Already milor and his gallant English friends were busy once more transforming themselves into grimy workmen or seedy middle-class professionals.