seedy

[see-dee]
adjective, seedier, seediest.
1.
abounding in seed.
2.
containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit.
3.
gone to seed; bearing seeds.
4.
poorly kept; run-down; shabby.
5.
shabbily dressed; unkempt: a seedy old tramp.
6.
physically run-down; under the weather: He felt a bit seedy after his operation.
7.
somewhat disreputable; degraded: a seedy hotel.

Origin:
1565–75; seed + -y1

seedily, adverb
seediness, noun
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seedy (ˈsiːdɪ)
 
adj , seedier, seediest
1.  shabby or unseemly in appearance: seedy clothes
2.  (of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds
3.  informal not physically fit; sickly
 
'seedily
 
adv
 
'seediness
 
n

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seedy
1440, "fruitful, abundant," from seed (n.). Meaning "shabby" is attested from 1739, probably in allusion to the appearance of a flowering plant that has run to seed.
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Example sentences
Used poorly, e-mail can make the rejection process look downright seedy.
There were seedy characters surrounding me on the sidewalk.
It can be horrifyingly bitter if you get it when it's overmature and seedy.
He tells about the seedy lives of some of their neighbors.
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