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British Dictionary definitions for dowly

dowly

adjective
  1. Northern English dialect dull; low-spirited; dismal

Word Origin

perhaps from Old English dol dull
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Historical Examples

  • Nothing to speak of; only 'tis certain sure, and so best; the old house won't look so dowly now.

    J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu