Dowdiest
Dowdy Dow"dy, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar-looking. -- {Dow"di*ly}, adv. -- {Dow"di*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • dowdiest — dow·dy || daÊŠdɪ adj. sloppy, untidy, slovenly; old fashioned, out of style …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Dowdier — Dowdy Dow dy, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar looking. {Dow di*ly}, adv. {Dow di*ness},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dowdily — Dowdy Dow dy, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar looking. {Dow di*ly}, adv. {Dow di*ness},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dowdiness — Dowdy Dow dy, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar looking. {Dow di*ly}, adv. {Dow di*ness},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dowdy — Dow dy, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.] [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd flat, dead.] Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in dress; vulgar looking. {Dow di*ly}, adv. {Dow di*ness}, n.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dowdy — dowdy1 dowdily, adv. dowdiness, n. dowdyish, adj. dowdyism, n. /dow dee/, adj., dowdier, dowdiest, n., pl. dowdies. adj. 1. not stylish; drab; old fashioned: Why do …   Universalium

  • dowdy — [[t]da͟ʊdi[/t]] dowdier, dowdiest ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or their clothes as dowdy, you mean their clothes are dull and unfashionable. ...playing hostess to a lot of officials and their dowdy wives... Her clothes were… …   English dictionary

  • dowdy — adjective (dowdier, dowdiest) (especially of a woman) unfashionable and dull in appearance. Derivatives dowdily adverb dowdiness noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • dowdy — UK [ˈdaʊdɪ] / US adjective Word forms dowdy : adjective dowdy comparative dowdier superlative dowdiest not attractive or fashionable …   English dictionary

  • 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

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