Definition of seedy in English:

seedy

adjective

  • 1Sordid and disreputable.

    ‘his seedy affair with a soft-porn starlet’
    • ‘Alternative guides can offer exciting opportunities to touch the seedy side of the city.’
    • ‘There are tens of thousands of people in this province addicted to the machines, which are to be found in almost every seedy bar in Montreal and elsewhere.’
    • ‘The last time we were together was at a seedy bar in Jerusalem.’
    • ‘There aren't many homes that make you feel you're both the tightly corseted heroine of a romantic costume drama and a lady of the night about to embark on a seedy affair.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Ona is discovering the seedy underside of her workplace.’
    • ‘The simple set is ingeniously transformed from teen bedroom to hotel lobby to seedy bar.’
    • ‘They suddenly had much less time to hang out in seedy bars and undertake wild art projects.’
    • ‘One of the most notorious spots for the homeless is Market Street - a seedy section of strip bars, liquor stores and boarded up shops where dozens of junkies, drunks and other street people make the sidewalk their home.’
    • ‘The seedy underbelly of what was otherwise a fabulous meal was the pudding.’
    • ‘Nothing for the spin doctors to worry about, but just the sort of seedy little affair that sets a TV critic's heart aflutter.’
    • ‘Stationed in Boston Father Smith is drawn into the seedy underworld of cockfighting.’
    • ‘The slavery convictions shed light on a seedy underside of the economy that most people are completely unaware of.’
    • ‘I drank away the fear and excitement in a seedy bar in downtown San Salvador.’
    • ‘Mario then plunges into the seedy underworld of drugs in order to rescue his daughter.’
    • ‘Brothels are usually seedy affairs, tucked discreetly away from churches, town halls and the like (or so somebody we met in a bar once told us).’
    • ‘It boasted a couple of reasonable restaurants, a few basic, low-life hotels, and one or two seedy bars.’
    • ‘It's a seedy bar in Accra's red-light district.’
    • ‘All ideas are pretty seedy, aren't they?’
    • ‘Most of the movie takes place in dark, seedy bars, and for the most part the black level is dark and shadows are well defined, while in other scenes the darker areas appear reddish and indistinct.’
    • ‘We are both Scottish and we both do figurative paintings set in a seedy underworld.’
    sordid, disreputable, seamy, sleazy, corrupt, shameful, low, dark, squalid, unwholesome, unsavoury, rough, mean, nasty, unpleasant
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    1. 1.1 Shabby and squalid.
      ‘an increasingly seedy and dilapidated property’
      • ‘The narrative of Gatsby's downfall poignantly exposes the seedy underbelly of the American dream.’
      • ‘Think Southern California, and you think surfers, seedy motels, and gas-guzzling cars.’
      • ‘Anne's eye grew tearful again, as they stepped from the carriage into the somewhat seedy docks of London.’
      • ‘Infrastructure is seedy and long past disrepair.’
      • ‘Athletic and family-oriented (all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult), it brings to wholesome life a part of the city that can feel seedy and depressing.’
      • ‘With help from the city, they cleaned up their properties, tore down some of those seedy hotels and landscaped with palm trees.’
      • ‘Uncle Vernon had taken a wrong turn and they'd ended up in a pretty seedy area.’
      • ‘True, we're located in a dilapidated strip mall in a seedy part of town, but people have cars, don't they?’
      dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, gone to rack and ruin, in ruins, broken-down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating
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  • 2dated Unwell.

    ‘she felt weak and seedy’

Pronunciation

seedy

/ˈsiːdi/