Seedy Seed"y, a. [Compar. {Seedier}; superl. {Seediest}.] 1. Abounding with seeds; bearing seeds; having run to seeds. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a peculiar flavor supposed to be derived from the weeds growing among the vines; -- said of certain kinds of French brandy. [1913 Webster]

3. Old and worn out; exhausted; spiritless; also, poor and miserable looking; shabbily clothed; shabby looking; as, he looked seedy; a seedy coat. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Little Flanigan here . . . is a little seedy, as we say among us that practice the law. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

{Seedy toe}, an affection of a horse's foot, in which a cavity filled with horn powder is formed between the lamin[ae] and the wall of the hoof. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • seedy — *shabby, dilapidated, dingy, faded, threadbare Analogous words: drooping, flagging, sagging, wilting (see DROOP): sickly, *unwholesome, morbid: worn (see HAGGARD) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • seedy — [adj] run down, dilapidated ailing, beat up, bedraggled, crummy*, decaying, decrepit, dingy, dog eared*, down at the heel*, drooping, droopy, faded, flagging, frowzy, gone to seed*, grubby, in a bad way*, mangy, messy, neglected, old, overgrown,… …   New thesaurus

  • seedy — ► ADJECTIVE (seedier, seediest) 1) sordid or squalid. 2) dated unwell. DERIVATIVES seedily adverb seediness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • seedy — [sēd′ē] adj. seedier, seediest 1. containing many seeds 2. gone to seed 3. having tiny bubbles: said of glass 4. shabby, run down, etc. 5. feeling or looking physically bad or low in spirits seedily adv. seediness …   English World dictionary

  • seedy — adjective (seedier; est) Date: 1574 1. containing or full of seeds < a seedy fruit > 2. inferior in condition or quality: as a. shabby, run down < seedy clothes > b. somewhat disreputable < a seedy district …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • seedy — [[t]si͟ːdi[/t]] seedier, seediest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe a person or place as seedy, you disapprove of them because they look dirty and untidy, or they have a bad reputation. Frank ran dodgy errands for a seedy local… …   English dictionary

  • seedy — UK [ˈsiːdɪ] / US [ˈsɪdɪ] adjective Word forms seedy : adjective seedy comparative seedier superlative seediest connected with activities that are illegal or morally wrong, and often looking dirty or unpleasant There was something a little bit… …   English dictionary

  • seedy — seedily, adv. seediness, n. /see dee/, adj., 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 ol …   Universalium

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