or dow·y

[dou-ee, doh-ee]

adjective Scot. and North England.

dull; melancholy; dismal.

Origin of dowie

1500–10; variant of dolly, equivalent to dull + -ly
Related formsdow·i·ly, adverbdow·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dowie

Historical Examples of dowie

  • It is probable that this is the locality of "the Dowie Dens of Yarrow."

  • Crossing the bridge we are swiftly, unbelievingly, on the Dowie Dens of Yarrow.

  • I remember only that peace soon reigned and Dowie continued to buy our butter.

    My Boyhood

    John Burroughs

  • And Margot let it go at that, but she was as she said, “dowie and despondent.”


    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Why, he looked like Dowie or Moses, or some of those fellows.