dowdy

adjective
dowdier; dowdiest

Definition of dowdy 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not neat or becoming in appearance : shabby a dowdy old hat

2a : lacking smartness or taste a dowdy room

b : old-fashioned a dowdy institution

dowdy

noun (1)
\ˈdau̇-dē \
plural dowdies

Definition of dowdy (Entry 2 of 3)

archaic

: a dowdy woman

dowdy

noun (2)

Definition of dowdy (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from dowdy

Adjective

dowdily \ˈdau̇-də-lē \ adverb
dowdiness \ˈdau̇-dē-nəs \ noun
dowdyish \-ish \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for dowdy

Synonyms: Adjective

blowsy (also blowzy), frowsy (or frowzy), slobby, sloppy, slovenly, unkempt, untidy

Antonyms: Adjective

dapper, dashing, dolled up, sharp, smart, spruce

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Examples of dowdy in a Sentence

Adjective

She played a dowdy old woman in the film. the dowdy, beat-up furniture at the cheap motel

First Known Use of dowdy

Adjective

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1581, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dowdy

Noun (1)

diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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dowdy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dowdy

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

dowdy

adjective
\ˈdau̇-dē \
dowdier; dowdiest

Kids Definition of dowdy

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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