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dowdy

play
noun \ˈdau̇-dē\

Definition of dowdy

plural

dowdies

archaic

  1. :  a dowdy woman

Origin and Etymology of dowdy

diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude


First Known Use: 1581


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dowdy

adjective

Definition of dowdy

dowdier

dowdiest

  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>

dowdily

play \ˈdau̇-də-lē\ adverb

dowdiness

play \ˈdau̇-dē-nəs\ noun

dowdyish

play \-ish\ adjective

Examples of dowdy in a sentence

  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


3

dowdy

noun

Definition of dowdy

Origin and Etymology of dowdy

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1936


DOWDY Defined for English Language Learners


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dowdy

adjective

Definition of dowdy for English Language Learners

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


DOWDY Defined for Kids

dowdy

play
adjective \ˈdau̇-dē\

Definition of dowdy for Students

dowdier

dowdiest

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

  2. 2 :  not stylish <a dowdy dress>



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