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dowdy

play
noun \ˈdau̇-dē\

Definition of dowdy

plural dowd·ies

archaic

  1. :  a dowdy woman



Origin of dowdy

diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude


First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with dowdy


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dowdy

adjective

Simple Definition of dowdy

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

Full Definition of dowdy

dowd·i·erdowd·i·est

  1. 1 :  not neat or becoming in appearance :  shabby <a dowdy old hat>

  2. 2 a :  lacking smartness or taste <a dowdy room> b :  old-fashioned <a dowdy institution>

dowd·i·ly play \ˈdau̇-də-lē\ adverb
dowd·i·ness play \ˈdau̇-dē-nəs\ noun
dowdy·ish play \-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>



1676

First Known Use of dowdy

1676


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dowdy

noun

Definition of dowdy



Origin of dowdy

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1936



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