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1dowdy

noun \ˈda-dē\
plural dowd·ies

Definition of DOWDY

archaic
:  a dowdy woman

Origin of DOWDY

diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with DOWDY

2dowdy

adjective

: having a dull or uninteresting appearance : not attractive or stylish

dowd·i·erdowd·i·est

Full Definition of DOWDY

1
:  not neat or becoming in appearance :  shabby <a dowdy old hat>
2
a :  lacking smartness or taste <a dowdy room>
b :  old-fashioned <a dowdy institution>
dowd·i·ly \ˈda-də-lē\ adverb
dowd·i·ness \ˈda-dē-nəs\ noun
dowdy·ish \-ish\ adjective

Examples of DOWDY

  1. She played a dowdy old woman in the film.
  2. <the dowdy, beat-up furniture at the cheap motel>

First Known Use of DOWDY

1676

Rhymes with DOWDY

3dowdy

noun

Definition of DOWDY

:  pandowdy

Origin of DOWDY

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1936
DOWDIES Defined for Kids

dowdy

adjective \ˈda-dē\
dowd·i·erdowd·i·est

Definition of DOWDY for Kids

1
:  not neatly or well dressed or cared for <She plays a dowdy old woman in the movie.>
2
:  not stylish <a dowdy dress>

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