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[blou-zee] /ˈblaʊ zi/
adjective, blowsier, blowsiest
having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
Also, blowsed, blowzed
[blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of blowsy
1760-70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
blowsily, adverb Unabridged
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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


adjective blowsier, blowsiest, blowzier, blowziest
(esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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