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dowdy

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[ dou-dee ]
/ 藞da蕣 di /
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adjective, dow路di路er, dow路di路est.
not stylish; drab; old-fashioned: Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
not neat or tidy; shabby.
noun, plural dow路dies.
a dowdy woman.
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Origin of dowdy

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1300鈥50; Middle English doude unattractive woman (of uncertain origin) + -y1 or -y2

OTHER WORDS FROM dowdy

dow路di路ly, adverbdow路di路ness, noundow路dy路ish, adjectivedow路dy路ism, noun

Other definitions for dowdy (2 of 2)

dowdy2
[ dou-dee ]
/ 藞da蕣 di /

noun, plural dow路dies.
a shortened form of pandowdy.

Origin of dowdy

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First recorded in 1935鈥40; short form
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British Dictionary definitions for dowdy

dowdy
/ (藞da蕣d瑟) /

adjective -dier or -diest
(esp of a woman's dress) drab, unflattering, and old-fashioned
noun plural -dies
a dowdy woman

Derived forms of dowdy

dowdily, adverbdowdiness, noundowdyish, adjective

Word Origin for dowdy

C14: dowd slut, of unknown origin
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