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 ?
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 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.
I have seen a good deal of the seamy side this last week.
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.
All the seamy side of things, all the secret reasons and rotten motives and bribery arid blackmail they call politics.
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.
Josh's attraction to Trent's sister, Brenda, further complicates what becomes a murder mystery, as well as a tour of the seamy side of biking culture.
The interviewees paint Paula as an athletic teen beloved by all her peers, a picture that stands in contrast to the boozy and seamy criminal activities of 1960s Nashville.
Inspired by a real-life event, the seamy atmosphere of working-class life in pre-war London is conveyed in hauntingly beautiful prose.
A cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2008, Emily Flakes takes a hilarious look at the joys and horrors of motherhood in Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting (Grand Central, $42, 192 pages ISBN 9781455558230), a collection of essays and comics.
Relocating not just Andersen's yearning heroine but her entire royal family to dry land, Jan Balej's wittily designed stop-motion outing honors the sorrowful romantic narrative of the original tale to a far greater extent than the Mouse House's 1989 smash --despite a radical shift in milieu to the red-light district of a seamy city harbor.