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seamy

[see-mee] /ˈsi mi/
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
1595-1605; seam + -y1; in transferred senses alluding to the unpresentable appearance of the inside of a garment, i.e., where the seams show
Related forms
seaminess, noun
Synonyms
1. squalid, rough, coarse, nasty.
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British Dictionary definitions for seaminess

seamy

/ˈsiːmɪ/
adjective seamier, seamiest
1.
showing the least pleasant aspect; sordid
2.
(esp of the inner side of a garment) showing many seams
Derived Forms
seaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for seaminess

seamy

adj.

c.1600, "least pleasant, worst," in figurative phrase seamy side, from seam + -y (2); the seamy side of a sewn garment being the less attractive, and thus typically turned in. The popularity of the figurative 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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