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blowsy

or blowz·y

[blou-zee]
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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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Related Words for blowzy

messy, bedraggled, glowing, disordered, dirty, tousled, ruffled, frowzy, grubby, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, untidy, mussy, blowzy, scuzzy, flush, pink, rubicund

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Historical Examples of blowzy

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

    The Poor Little Rich Girl

    Eleanor Gates

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

    Gargoyles

    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

blowsy

blowzy

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 for blowsy

C18: from dialect blowze beggar girl, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blowzy

adj.

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

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