seamy

[ UK /sˈiːmi/ ]
[ US /ˈsimi/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. showing a seam
  2. morally degraded
    sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls
    a seedy district
    sleazy characters hanging around casinos
    the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils
    the seamy side of life
    the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal
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How To Use seamy In A Sentence

  • The glass shard of a building makes the dingy three-and five-story buildings next door seem dingier, and the seamy building boasting adult videos and scantily-clad mannequins even seamier. A Sliver Shines Above Midtown
  • Below this were strata of trachitic breccia and augite; the formation was then seamy to an unknown depth. Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883
  • At once, I understand the seamy story he may have imagined. MOON PASSAGE
  • The zoo here is now playing host to a pair each of seamy crocodiles, alligators and caimans, giving the city dwellers a glimpse of some rare species.
  • More than ever our domestic media shoulders the responsibility of focusing on the seamy side of society.
  • 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. languagehat.com: SEAMY
  • A hopeless alcoholic living in a flophouse on the seamy side of town, he was a promising boxer chewed up and spit out by the corrupt amateur circuit.
  • In this latter capacity he has become, amongst other things, a sort of Jiminy Cricket or social conscience, pointing out the seamy side of certain prevalent business practices. Is the Press Too Sensational?
  • It is a story of the seamy underside of respectability and conformity, and of the discovery of unlooked-for courage. Write to your MEP - now, today!
  • He touches on this at the beginning and end, but most of his narrative is an engaging odyssey by questionable boats and jouncy automobiles through "a vast, malarial dystopia of stinking swamps, thorns, bandits, bugs the size of rats and dark carnivorous forest"—and one with an equally seamy history. From Guyana to Guiana
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