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Seedy ori­gins – In the mid-1500s the term “seedy” was coined to ref­er­ence “fruit­ful, abun­dant,” and was de­fined as “abound­ing in seeds”. By 1739, prob­a­bly in ref­er­ence to the shabby ap­pear­ance of a plant that has gone to seed, it be­gan to be used as a term of dis­par­age­ment, mean­ing sor­did, dis­rep­utable or un­well.

(On­line Ety­mol­ogy Dic­tio­nary, © 2010 Dou­glas Harper)

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