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[see-dee] /ˈsi di/
adjective, seedier, seediest.
abounding in seed.
containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit.
gone to seed; bearing seeds.
poorly kept; run-down; shabby.
shabbily dressed; unkempt:
a seedy old tramp.
physically run-down; under the weather:
He felt a bit seedy after his operation.
somewhat disreputable; degraded:
a seedy hotel.
Origin of seedy
1565-75; seed + -y1
Related forms
seedily, adverb
seediness, noun Unabridged
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  • He did not extend his hand, but stood still, in his seedy clothes and his coat buttoned to his chin, to hide his lack of a shirt.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
  • Not so for Louis, who was impatient that so seedy a person should presume to stop them.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Muffie came in at tea-time next day, seedy rather, but triumphant.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • You see the child looking pale and seedy, and say at once, "something on her mind."

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • She heard him putting his bicycle in the stable underneath, and talking to Jimmy, who had been a pit-horse, and who was seedy.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for seedy


adjective seedier, seediest
shabby or unseemly in appearance: seedy clothes
(of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds
(informal) not physically fit; sickly
Derived Forms
seedily, adverb
seediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seedy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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