Dowdy meaning

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Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby.

A dowdy gray outfit.

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Old-fashioned; antiquated.
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A dowdy person; a frump.
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Not neat or stylish in dress or appearance; shabby.
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A dowdy woman.
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Origin of dowdy

  • From Middle English doude immoral, unattractive, or shabbily dressed woman

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary