blow·​sy ˈblau̇-zē How to pronounce blowsy (audio)
variants or less commonly blowzy
: having a sloppy or unkempt appearance or aspect : frowsy
: being coarse and ruddy of complexion

Examples of blowsy in a Sentence

a large, blowsy woman in frumpy clothes runs the diner
Recent Examples on the Web In the final scene, the one female regular at the Royal, a blowsy barfly well played by Barbara Lowing, is moving toward the bar as Hanna and Liv move decisively in the other direction. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 The queen of Playland was Laughing Sal, a tall, blowsy figure of fun, with a maniacal laugh. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History


English dialect blowse, blowze wench

First Known Use

circa 1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blowsy was circa 1712

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“Blowsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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