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or dowy

[dou-ee, doh-ee] /ˈdaʊ i, ˈdoʊ i/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
dull; melancholy; dismal.
Origin of dowie
1500-10; variant of dolly, equivalent to dull + -ly
Related forms
dowily, adverb
dowiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is probable that this is the locality of "the dowie Dens of Yarrow."

  • Crossing the bridge we are swiftly, unbelievingly, on the dowie Dens of Yarrow.

    The Spell of Scotland

    Keith Clark
  • I remember only that peace soon reigned and dowie continued to buy our butter.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • And Margot let it go at that, but she was as she said, “dowie and despondent.”

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Why, he looked like dowie or Moses, or some of those fellows.

  • Do you imagine that religious people are dull, or dowie, as the Scotch say?

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
  • He came to see Henrietta and he had the good sense to treat dowie as if she were her mother.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "Yes, we've had a talk," dowie replied in her nice steady voice.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But dowie knew the words did not tell her everything she was to hear.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • To dowie the working perfection of his preparations was amazing.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett

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