dowdiness
noun see dowdy II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dowdiness — dowdy ► ADJECTIVE (dowdier, dowdiest) ▪ (especially of a woman) unfashionable and dull in appearance. DERIVATIVES dowdily adverb dowdiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • dowdiness — See dowdily. * * * …   Universalium

  • dowdiness — noun The characteristic of being dowdy; frumpiness; plainness …   Wiktionary

  • dowdiness — dow·di·ness || daÊŠdɪnɪs n. state of not being stylish, old fashionedness; sloppiness, slovenliness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dowdiness — dowd·i·ness …   English syllables

  • dowdiness — noun having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance • Syn: ↑drabness, ↑homeliness • Derivationally related forms: ↑homely (for: ↑homeliness), ↑drab (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • drabness — noun having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance • Syn: ↑dowdiness, ↑homeliness • Derivationally related forms: ↑homely (for: ↑homeliness), ↑drab, ↑dowdy …   Useful english dictionary

  • homeliness — noun 1. having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance • Syn: ↑dowdiness, ↑drabness • Derivationally related forms: ↑homely, ↑drab (for: ↑drabness), ↑dowdy …   Useful english dictionary

  • dowdy — I. noun (plural dowdies) Etymology: diminutive of dowd dowdy, from Middle English doude Date: 1581 archaic a dowdy woman II. adjective (dowdier; est) Date: 1676 1. no …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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