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  • adv. In a seedy way.


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seedy +‎ -ly


  • "They were overheard and overtaken by a tall, seedily elegant man, the elderly James Joyce, who engaged them in fluent Italian and gave them tickets" to a movie house he was opening.

    A Scholar Senator Speaks

  • In fact, Kandy has remained seedily quaint, its monuments and ambience unravaged by mass tourism, only because Sri Lanka has experienced more than a quarter century of civil war between ethnic Sinhalese Buddhists and Hindu Tamils.

    Buddha’s Savage Peace

  • Still, leaving the evacuation to people getting in their cars and driving out of the city, when the city is one of the poorest in the U.S., where 100,000 or so of the people don't HAVE cars, seems like an seedily Randian way to go about an evacuation.

    Not to Freak You Out

  • The man was a tall, queer-looking fellow, rather seedily dressed, and possibly not quite sober.

    Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York A Series of Stories and Sketches Portraying Many Singular Phases of Metropolitan Life

  • Passing through all social conditions, -- first a country gentleman, living on or rather squandering his first wife's little fortune in following the hounds and entertaining the county; then a playwright, vegetating very seedily on the proceeds of his comedies; justice of the peace, and encountering, in his vocation, such characters as _Jonathan

    English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction

  • But, like many others of his kind, Hubert le Ros (I do not, of course, give the actual name by which he was known) drifted seedily away into the provinces; and I, like every one else, ceased to remember him.

    Yet Again

  • "Thank you very much," said Peter, but he did not altogether like the look of the seedily dressed gentleman, and would much rather have stayed with


  • He was seedily dressed, and altogether looked to be a disreputable character.

    True to Himself : or Roger Strong's Struggle for Place

  • Mr. Cullen is a short, stout man, very seedily habited, with a great rough head of hair, an aquiline nose, lungs of vast power.


  • While at the Factory they made cousin Rufus 'room their head quarters & treated him courteously -- behaved very [seedily] at Cousin Ed's the Fort & other places -- but committed no violence.

    Lenoir Family. Lenoir Family Papers. Personal Correspondence, 1861-1865.


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