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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