seaminess

seamy

[see-mee]
adjective, seamier, seamiest.
1.
unpleasant or sordid; low; disagreeable: the seamy side of life.
2.
having, showing, or of the nature of a seam.

Origin:
1595–1605; seam + -y1; in transferred senses alluding to the unpresentable appearance of the inside of a garment, i.e., where the seams show

seaminess, noun


1. squalid, rough, coarse, nasty.
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seamy (ˈsiːmɪ)
 
adj , seamier, seamiest
1.  showing the least pleasant aspect; sordid
2.  (esp of the inner side of a garment) showing many seams
 
'seaminess
 
n

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seamy
1604, in fig. phrase seamy side "least pleasant, worst," from seam (q.v.), the seamy side of a sewn garment being the less attractive, and thus typically turned in. The popularity of the fig. sense likely is due to its use by Shakespeare in "Othello" IV.ii.146: "Some such Squire
he was That turn'd your wits the seamy-side without, And made you to suspect me with the Moore."
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