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blowsy

or blowzy

[blou-zee] /ˈblaʊ zi/
adjective, blowsier, blowsiest
1.
having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
2.
disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
Also, blowsed, blowzed
[blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of blowsy
1760-1770
1760-70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
blowsily, adverb
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Examples from the Web for blowzy
Historical Examples
  • 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 Ben Hecht
  • 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.

  • The loveliness of the woods in March is not, assuredly, of this blowzy rustic type.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I have heard you speak of him since you came home, but supposing he was some blowzy artist, I never cared to ask about him.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • Shelton was repelled by her proprietary tone, by her blowzy face, and by the scent of patchouli.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for blowzy

blowsy

/ˈblaʊzɪ/
adjective blowsier, blowsiest, blowzier, blowziest
1.
(esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
2.
(of a woman) ruddy in complexion; red-faced
Derived Forms
blowsily, blowzily, adverb
blowsiness, blowziness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for blowzy
adj.

c.1770, from obsolete blouze (1570s), "wench, beggar's trull," perhaps originally a cant term, + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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