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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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  • The hotel went through a period with a seedy reputation.
  • When an investigator is working on a case, the environment might range from plush boardrooms to seedy bars.
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.

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