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or blowz·y

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adjective, blows·i·er, blows·i·est
  1. having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
  2. disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
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Also blowsed, blowzed [blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/.

Origin of blowsy

1760–70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
Related formsblows·i·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for blowsy

Historical Examples

  • That face, all blowsy and flushed, was at once wild and stupefied.


    John Galsworthy

  • 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.

  • The loveliness of the woods in March is not, assuredly, of this blowsy rustic type.

British Dictionary definitions for blowsy



adjective blowsier, blowsiest, blowzier or blowziest
  1. (esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
  2. (of a woman) ruddy in complexion; red-faced
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Derived Formsblowsily or blowzily, adverbblowsiness or blowziness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
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