Definition of seedy in English:

seedy

adjective

  • 1Sordid and disreputable.

    ‘his seedy affair with a soft-porn starlet’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stationed in Boston Father Smith is drawn into the seedy underworld of cockfighting.’
    • ‘It boasted a couple of reasonable restaurants, a few basic, low-life hotels, and one or two seedy bars.’
    • ‘Nothing for the spin doctors to worry about, but just the sort of seedy little affair that sets a TV critic's heart aflutter.’
    • ‘The seedy underbelly of what was otherwise a fabulous meal was the pudding.’
    • ‘Alternative guides can offer exciting opportunities to touch the seedy side of the city.’
    • ‘I drank away the fear and excitement in a seedy bar in downtown San Salvador.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They suddenly had much less time to hang out in seedy bars and undertake wild art projects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The slavery convictions shed light on a seedy underside of the economy that most people are completely unaware of.’
    • ‘We are both Scottish and we both do figurative paintings set in a seedy underworld.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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's a seedy bar in Accra's red-light district.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last time we were together was at a seedy bar in Jerusalem.’
    • ‘Mario then plunges into the seedy underworld of drugs in order to rescue his daughter.’
    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’
      • ‘Think Southern California, and you think surfers, seedy motels, and gas-guzzling cars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Infrastructure is seedy and long past disrepair.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Anne's eye grew tearful again, as they stepped from the carriage into the somewhat seedy docks of London.’
      • ‘The narrative of Gatsby's downfall poignantly exposes the seedy underbelly of the American dream.’
      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

/ˈsēdē/