What does dowdy mean?

Definitions for dowdyˈdaʊ di

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dowdy.

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    primly out of date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

  3. Origin: [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dowdy

    dow′di, adj. untidy, carelessly dressed, soft and slack in habit.—n. an untidy woman.—adv. Dow′dily.—ns. Dow′diness, Dow′dyism.—adj. Dow′dyish. [Ety. unknown.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dowdy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dowdy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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Translations for dowdy

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  • mauton, tyylitön, nuhjuinenFinnish
  • vieux jeuFrench
  • sciattoItalian
  • безвкусный, немодный, неэлегантныйRussian

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