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

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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

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First Known Use of blowsy

circa 1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blowsy

English dialect blowse, blowze wench

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The first known use of blowsy was circa 1712

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“Blowsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowsy

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

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