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dowdy

noun \ ˈdau̇-dē \

Definition of dowdy

plural dowdies
archaic
:a dowdy woman

Origin and Etymology of dowdy

diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude


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dowdy

adjective

Definition of dowdy

dowdier; dowdiest
1 :not neat or becoming in appearance :shabby
  • a dowdy old hat
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

First Known Use of dowdy

1676


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dowdy

noun

Definition of dowdy

Origin and Etymology of dowdy

origin unknown


DOWDY Defined for English Language Learners

dowdy

adjective

Definition of dowdy for English Language Learners

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


DOWDY Defined for Kids

dowdy

adjective \ ˈdau̇-dē \

Definition of dowdy for Students

dowdier; dowdiest
1 :not neatly or well dressed or cared for
  • She plays a dowdy old woman in the movie.
2 :not stylish
  • a dowdy dress


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