from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Sordid; base: "seamy tales of aberrant sexual practices, messy divorces, drug addiction, mental instability, and suicide attempts” ( Barbara Goldsmith).
- adj. Having, marked with, or showing a seam.
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- adj. Sordid, squalid or corrupt.
- adj. Having or showing a seam.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a seam; containing seams, or showing them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a seam or seams; containing or showing seams.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing a seam
- adj. morally degraded
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.
Well, I never knew about "seamy" either, and, as someone who has sewn a lot, found this fascinating.
SIMPSON: Well, a lot of people -- I mean, you're writing a book, basically, about the kind of seamy side of politics, the dark underbelly, and so you ask a lot of questions about things that people don't want to be seen talking about.
"Why the long-running fascination with this tale, a kind of seamy modern gothic?" asks
Dowd is calling the whole thing "seamy," and whenever someone brings up Bill Ayers, Rich sees a
While the FDIC has issued a proposed guidance to limit this and other seamy practices that drain the life out of consumer accounts, the OCC, which "regulates" most of the biggest banks and the Fed have not followed its lead (the FDIC only regulates some, mostly smaller, state banks, although it insures all banks).
It was a seamy treat, and the Thursday night audience I was with just loved it.
His discomfort has more to do with being forced to confront the seamy side of the male sex drive at a time when he is looking for love.