Dowdy Definition

doudē
dowdier, dowdiest
adjective
dowdier, dowdiest
Not neat or stylish in dress or appearance; shabby.
Webster's New World
Old-fashioned; antiquated.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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noun
A dowdy woman.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding
  • Hugh Dowding
  • Dowding
  • pandowdy
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Other Word Forms of Dowdy

Adjective

Base Form:
dowdy
Comparative:
dowdier
Superlative:
dowdiest

Origin of Dowdy

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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