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Definition of DOWDY

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Dowdy \Dow"dy\, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar-looking. -- {Dow"di*ly}, adv. -- {Dow"di*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dowdy \Dow"dy\, n.; pl. {Dowdies}.
     An awkward, vulgarly dressed, inelegant woman. --Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

52 Moby Thesaurus words for "dowdy":
     archaic, blowsy, bygone, dated, demode, down-at-heel, down-at-the-heels, drab, draggletailed, dull, frayed, frazzled, frowsy, frowzy, frumpish, frumpy, full of holes, holey, in rags, in shreds, in tatters, messy, old hat, old-fashioned, out-of-date, outdated, outmoded, passe, patchy, ragged, raggedy, ratty, scruffy, seedy, shabby, shoddy, slattern, sloppy, slovenly, slut, sordid, stodgy, tacky, tattered, tatty, torn, traipse, unbecoming, unfashionable, unkempt, unseemly, vintage


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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