blowsy

adjective
blow·​sy | \ ˈblau̇-zē How to pronounce blowsy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly blowzy

Definition of blowsy

1 : having a sloppy or unkempt appearance or aspect : frowsy
2 : being coarse and ruddy of complexion

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of blowsy in a Sentence

a large, blowsy woman in frumpy clothes runs the diner

Recent Examples on the Web

The queen of Playland was Laughing Sal, a tall, blowsy figure of fun, with a maniacal laugh. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "The fun may be about to end for Playland-Not-at-the-Beach," 23 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blowsy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of blowsy

circa 1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blowsy

English dialect blowse, blowze wench

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about blowsy

Statistics for blowsy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for blowsy

The first known use of blowsy was circa 1712

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for blowsy

blowsy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blowsy

of a woman : not neat or clean in her clothing or appearance and usually fat

More from Merriam-Webster on blowsy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with blowsy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for blowsy

Comments on blowsy

What made you want to look up blowsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!