- having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
- disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
Also blowsed, blowzed [blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/.
Origin of blowsy
1760–70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
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Examples from the Web for blowzy
It was the nurse, her sleeve lifted, her blowzy face convulsed.
The May sun was striding, an incongruous, provincial virgin, through a litter of blowzy streets.Gargoyles
One face (the front) was blowzy and freckled, with a small pug nose and a quarrelsome mouth.
Gwendolyn lifted terrified eyes for a second look at the brick-colored hair, the blowzy countenance.
Meanwhile it gets us a blowzy character, by shouldering roughly among the children of civilization.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
- (esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
- (of a woman) ruddy in complexion; red-faced
C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for blowzy
c.1770, from obsolete blouze (1570s), "wench, beggar's trull," perhaps originally a cant term, + -y (2).
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