Definitions for dowdyˈdaʊ di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dow•dyˈdaʊ di(adj.)-di•er, -di•est

  1. (adj.)not stylish; drab; out-of-date:

    dowdy clothes.

  2. not neat; shabby.

  3. (n.)a dowdy woman.

Origin of dowdy:

1300–50; ME doude unattractive woman


dow•dyˈdaʊ di(n.)(pl.)-dies.

  1. Category: Cooking

    Ref: apple pandowdy.

Origin of dowdy:

1935–40; short form

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dowding, Hugh Dowding, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Dowdy(noun)

    British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)

  2. dowdy, pandowdy(adj)

    deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust

  3. dowdy(adj)

    lacking in smartness or taste

    "a dowdy grey outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room"

  4. dowdy, frumpy, frumpish(adj)

    primly out of date

    "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"


  1. dowdy(Adjective)

    Plain and unfashionable in style or dress.

  2. dowdy(Adjective)

    Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby.

  3. Origin: Late 16th century. Origin uncertain: probably literally “little poorly dressed woman,” formed from doue “poorly dressed woman.”

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dowdy

    showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar-looking

  2. Dowdy(noun)

    an awkward, vulgarly dressed, inelegant woman

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(of dress etc) not smart; unfashionable.

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