- having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
- disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
Also blowsed, blowzed [blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/.
Origin of blowsy
1760–70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
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Examples from the Web for blowsy
That face, all blowsy and flushed, was at once wild and stupefied.Tatterdemalion
As if I would have given her any money, the impudent, blowsy thing!In Wild Rose Time
Amanda M. Douglas
"Rough and blowsy, of course, like any other country girl," was Rose's reply.The English Orphans
Mary Jane Holmes
There was a blowsy cheeked bar-maid, Mother Conarty's daughter.Tramping on Life
The loveliness of the woods in March is not, assuredly, of this blowsy rustic type.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
- (esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
- (of a woman) ruddy in complexion; red-faced
C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
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