seamy


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seam·y

 (sē′mē)
adj. seam·i·er, seam·i·est
1. Sordid; base: "seamy tales of aberrant sexual practices, messy divorces, drug addiction, mental instability, and suicide attempts" (Barbara Goldsmith).
2. Having, marked with, or showing a seam.

seam′i·ness n.

seamy

(ˈsiːmɪ)
adj, seamier or seamiest
1. showing the least pleasant aspect; sordid
2. (esp of the inner side of a garment) showing many seams
ˈseaminess n

seam•y

(ˈsi mi)

adj. seam•i•er, seam•i•est.
1. sordid; low; disagreeable: the seamy side of life.
2. having or showing a seam, esp. the seam of the inside of a garment.
[1595–1605]
seam′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.seamy - showing a seam
seamed - having or joined by a seam or seams
2.seamy - morally degraded; "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"
disreputable - lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance

seamy

adjective sordid, unpleasant, squalid, low, dark, rough, nasty, corrupt, degraded, disagreeable, disreputable, unwholesome, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) the seamier side of life
Translations

seamy

[ˈsiːmɪ] ADJ (seamier (compar) (seamiest (superl))) → sórdido, insalubre
the seamy side (fig) → el revés de la medalla

seamy

[ˈsiːmi] adj (= seedy) [+ area, place] → mal famé(e)
the seamy side of sth → le côté sordide de qch
the seamy side of life → le côté sordide de la vie

seamy

adj (+er) club, bar, personheruntergekommen; story, area, pastzwielichtig; events, detailsschmutzig; the seamy side of lifedie Schattenseite des Lebens

seamy

[ˈsiːmɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) (district) → malfamato/a
the seamy side of life → gli aspetti più squallidi della vita
References in classic literature ?
All the seamy side of things, all the secret reasons and rotten motives and bribery arid blackmail they call politics.
I have seen a good deal of the seamy side this last week.
Baudoyer, Isidore The Middle Classes Cousin Pons Bianchon, Horace Father Goriot The Atheist's Mass Cesar Birotteau The Commission in Lunacy Lost Illusions A Distinguished Provincial at Paris A Bachelor's Establishment The Secrets of a Princess Pierrette A Study of Woman Scenes from a Courtesan's Life Honorine The Seamy Side of History The Magic Skin A Second Home A Prince of Bohemia Letters of Two Brides The Muse of the Department The Imaginary Mistress The Middle Classes Cousin Betty The Country Parson In addition, M.
He early became acquainted with the seamy as well as the brilliant side of courtly life; for in 1359 he was in the campaign in France and was taken prisoner.
He is full of quickness and penetration, piercing easily below the clumsy platitudes of Thrasymachus to the real difficulty; he turns out to the light the seamy side of human life, and yet does not lose faith in the just and true.
She knew of life's seamy side as a theory; she could not grasp it as a fact.
Instead of that he's got a first-rate practice on the seamy side, and every blackguard with half a case takes it straight to Bennett Addenbrooke.
Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door is the culmination of Krebs' years of research and contact with insiders, particularly those in the seamy underworld of cybercrime.
Destiny's Anvil is at once a sharp-eyed examination of the seamy underside of America's elections and a freewheeling yarn in the grand Southern tradition.
While The Street continues to be the film equivalent of what Oscar Marzaroli and Harry Benson were doing when they turned their cameras on city life warts-and-all, Strippers had the seamy air of a back alley peeping Tom about it.
on USA) Peter and Neal must infiltrate the seamy side of Little Odessa to uncover a smuggling ring.
But she will be most remembered for her MacMillan repertoire, where she would fearlessly throw herself--often literally--into the seamy yet compelling characterizations.