dowdy

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[ dou-dee ]
/ ˈdaʊ di /

adjective, dow·di·er, dow·di·est.

not stylish; drab; old-fashioned: Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
not neat or tidy; shabby.

noun, plural dow·dies.

a dowdy woman.

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Origin of dowdy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dowdy

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

Definition for dowdy (2 of 2)

dowdy2
[ dou-dee ]
/ ˈdaʊ di /

noun, plural dow·dies.

a shortened form of pandowdy.

Origin of dowdy

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

dowdy
/ (ˈdaʊdɪ) /

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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