Dowdies
Dowdy Dow"dy, n.; pl. {Dowdies}. An awkward, vulgarly dressed, inelegant woman. --Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • dowdy — /ˈdaʊdi / (say dowdee) adjective (dowdier, dowdiest) 1. ill dressed; not trim, smart, or stylish. –noun (plural dowdies) 2. an ill dressed woman. {earlier dowd, Middle English doude; origin obscure} –dowdily, adverb –dowdiness, noun –dowdyish …   Australian English dictionary

  • dowdy — [dou′dē] adj. dowdier, dowdiest [< ME doude, an unattractive woman + Y2] not neat or stylish in dress or appearance; shabby n. pl. dowdies 1. a dowdy woman ☆ 2. PANDOWDY dowdily adv …   English World dictionary

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