or blowz·y


adjective, blows·i·er, blows·i·est

having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
disheveled in appearance; unkempt.

Also blowsed, blowzed [blouzd] /ˈblaʊzd/.

Origin of blowsy

1760–70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
Related formsblows·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blowzy

Historical Examples of blowzy

  • It was the nurse, her sleeve lifted, her blowzy face convulsed.

  • The May sun was striding, an incongruous, provincial virgin, through a litter of blowzy streets.


    Ben Hecht

  • One face (the front) was blowzy and freckled, with a small pug nose and a quarrelsome mouth.

  • Gwendolyn lifted terrified eyes for a second look at the brick-colored hair, the blowzy countenance.

  • Meanwhile it gets us a blowzy character, by shouldering roughly among the children of civilization.

British Dictionary definitions for blowzy



adjective blowsier, blowsiest, blowzier or blowziest

(esp of a woman) untidy in appearance; slovenly or sluttish
(of a woman) ruddy in complexion; red-faced
Derived Formsblowsily or blowzily, adverbblowsiness or blowziness, noun

Word Origin for blowsy

C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for blowzy

c.1770, from obsolete blouze (1570s), "wench, beggar's trull," perhaps originally a cant term, + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper