Share this entry
seamy Syllabification: seam·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsēmē/

Definition of seamy in English:

adjective (seamier, seamiest)

Sordid and disreputable: a seamy sex scandal
More example sentences
  • Nevertheless, I do not see sex between consenting adults as seamy, sleazy or even necessarily steamy.
  • To me, the deepest feeling I have about this field is that it is a bitter experience to see the seamy side of life.
  • Yes, that's the thing that disturbs me, because there are so many people who apparently want to hear the seamy side of life about people who are in trouble.
sordid, disreputable, degenerate, seedy, sleazy, squalid, insalubrious, unwholesome, unsavory, rough, unpleasant
informal skeevy


Example sentences
  • The poet stitches his epic out of speech's defects, not its seemlinesses or even its seaminess.
  • Pine's saxwork has the seaminess necessary for a private dick of dubious past.


Late 16th century: from seam + -y1. The sense 'disreputable' (early 17th century) arose from the notion of 'having the rough edges of seams visible'.

Words that rhyme with seamy

beamy, creamy, dreamy, gleamy, Mimi, preemie, steamy
Definition of seamy in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words