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Definition of "seamy" [seam•y]

  • Sordid; base: "seamy tales of aberrant sexual practices, messy divorces, drug addiction, mental instability, and suicide attempts” ( Barbara Goldsmith). (adjective)
  • Having, marked with, or showing a seam. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "seamy" in a sentence
  • "2 Apr. 403/1 He appreciated to a considerable extent, what we may perhaps venture to call the seamy side of human affairs."
  • "Shakespeare's use of "seamy" in this passage of Othello is also a pun -- appearance seeming and reality is a major theme of the play."
  • "In the course of conversation my wife happened to use the word "seamy," and it suddenly occurred to me to wonder why the word means what it does."