Nonetheless, New York still viewed Washington as a dowdy country cousin, not quite up to the Big Money show.
She long ago shed the extra pounds, dowdy hair, and frumpy clothes.
Carla's choice of a mouse-gray suede Dior coat with pussycat bow was dismissed as dowdy.
For all their dowdy utility, cutting boards are a critical part of your kitchen.
Representative dowdy had no faith that I would not cruise the lonely roads through the pine forests shouting, “dowdy drinks!”
I can't see their "beauty," no more than the charms of some dowdy old Dutch.
Why do you hide your hair, and wear such a dowdy, high gown, Julia?
He wants me to dress like a dowdy, for all his wealth, and I can't buy a ring that he doesn't raise a terrible fuss.
A dowdy in sad-colored print or linsey is by no means to their taste.
So that dowdy get-up is for my benefit, and is not habitual to her!
1580s (n.), "an aukward, ill-dressed, inelegant woman" [Johnson]; 1670s (adj.), perhaps a diminutive of doue "poorly dressed woman" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin. The modern use of dowd (n.) is most likely a back-formation from dowdy. "If plaine or homely, wee saie she is a doudie or a slut" [Barnabe Riche, "Riche his Farewell to Militarie profession," 1581].
You don't have to be dowdy to be a Christian. [Tammy Faye Bakker, "Newsweek," June 8, 1987]Related: Dowdily; dowdiness.