adjective, seed·i·er, seed·i·est.
- abounding in seed.
- containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit.
- gone to seed; bearing seeds.
- poorly kept; run-down; shabby.
- shabbily dressed; unkempt: a seedy old tramp.
- physically run-down; under the weather: He felt a bit seedy after his operation.
- somewhat disreputable; degraded: a seedy hotel.
adjective seedier or seediest
- shabby or unseemly in appearanceseedy clothes
- (of a plant) at the stage of producing seeds
- informal not physically fit; sickly
adj.mid-15c., “fruitful, abundant,” from seed (n.) + -y (2). From 1570s as “abounding in seeds.” Meaning “shabby” is from 1739, probably in reference to the appearance of a flowering plant that has run to seed. Related: Seediness.