seamier, seamiest
If you describe something as seamy, you mean that it involves unpleasant aspects of life such as crime, sex, or violence.

Hamburg's seamy St Pauli's district.

...the seamier side of life.


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  • seamy — (adj.) c.1600, in figurative phrase seamy side least pleasant, worst, from SEAM (Cf. seam) + Y (Cf. y) (2); the seamy side of a sewn garment being the less attractive, and thus typically turned in. The popularity of the figurative sense likely is …   Etymology dictionary

  • Seamy — Seam y, a. Having a seam; containing seams, or showing them. Many a seamy scar. Burns. [1913 Webster] Everything has its fair, as well as its seamy, side. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seamy — [sēm′ē] adj. seamier, seamiest 1. having or showing seams, esp. with rough edges, as the underside of a garment 2. unpleasant or sordid [the seamy side of life] seaminess n …   English World dictionary

  • seamy — [adj] corrupt, unwholesome bad, dark, degraded, disagreeable, disappointing, disreputable, disturbing, low, nasty, rough, sordid, squalid, unpleasant; concept 545 Ant. respectable, upright, wholesome …   New thesaurus

  • seamy — ► ADJECTIVE (seamier, seamiest) ▪ sordid and disreputable …   English terms dictionary

  • seamy — seam|y [ˈsi:mi] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: seamy having the rough side of the seam showing (17 19 centuries), from seam] involving unpleasant things such as crime, violence, or immorality ▪ the seamy side of the World Wide Web …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seamy — adjective involving unpleasant things such as crime, violence, poverty, or immorality: seamy side (of sth): the seamy side of the film industry …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • seamy — UK [ˈsiːmɪ] / US [ˈsɪmɪ] adjective Word forms seamy : adjective seamy comparative seamier superlative seamiest involving the worst aspects of life such as crime and violence Derived word: seaminess noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • seamy — adjective (seamier; est) Date: 1605 1. archaic having the rough side of the seam showing 2. a. unpleasant b. degraded, sordid < the seamy side of urban life > • seaminess noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • seamy — seaminess, n. /see mee/, adj., seamier, seamiest. 1. unpleasant or sordid; low; disagreeable: the seamy side of life. 2. having, showing, or of the nature of a seam. [1595 1605; SEAM + Y1; in transferred senses alluding to the unpresentable… …   Universalium

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