Etymology
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seedy (adj.)

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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Definitions of seedy

seedy (adj.)
somewhat ill or prone to illness;
Synonyms: ailing / indisposed / peaked / poorly / sickly / unwell / under the weather
seedy (adj.)
full of seeds;
as seedy as a fig
seedy (adj.)
shabby and untidy; "he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin"- Mark Twain;
Synonyms: scruffy
seedy (adj.)
morally degraded; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce;
a seedy district
Synonyms: seamy / sleazy / sordid / squalid
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