dowie

or dow·y

[ dou-ee, doh-ee ]

adjectiveScot. and North England.
  1. dull; melancholy; dismal.

Origin of dowie

1
1500–10; variant of dolly, equivalent to dull + -ly

Other words from dowie

  • dow·i·ly, adverb
  • dow·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby dowie

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How to use dowie in a sentence

  • And, a competent person being needed to take charge of the linen, "dowie" would go to live under the same roof.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Robin's lonely little heart opened to her new nurse, who became in time her "dowie."

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Duchess asked me to see you personally and make sure that you do not miss dowie too much—that you are not lonely.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I have a quiet place in a remote part of Scotland where you can live with dowie to take care of you.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He didn't say it in so many words, of course, but as dowie listened it was exactly as if he said it in gentleman's language.

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett