blowsy
also blowzy adjective Etymology: English dialect blowse, blowze wench Date: circa 1712 1. having a sloppy or unkempt appearance or aspect ; frowsy 2. being coarse and ruddy of complexion

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  • blowsy — blowsy, blowzy [ˈblauzi] adj a blowsy woman is fat and looks untidy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blowsy — (Brit.) adj. disheveled, slovenly; ruddy of complexion (also blowzy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blowsy — frowzy, *slatternly, dowdy Analogous words: flashy, tawdry, *gaudy, garish: slovenly, sloppy, disheveled, unkempt, *slipshod: florid, flamboyant (see ORNATE): vulgar, *coarse Antonyms: smart, spruce: dainty Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • blowsy — (also blowzy) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a woman) coarse, untidy, and red faced. ORIGIN from obsolete blowze «beggar s female companion» …   English terms dictionary

  • blowsy — [blou′zē] adj. blowsier, blowsiest alt. sp. of BLOWZY …   English World dictionary

  • blowsy — adjective characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women • Syn: ↑blowzy, ↑slatternly, ↑sluttish • Similar to: ↑untidy • Derivationally related forms: ↑sluttishness ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • blowsy — adjective a) Having a reddish, coarse complexion, especially with a pudgy face. . . . a man of, say, well preserved sixty, with a blowsy plump face and fat white side whiskers. b) Slovenly or unkempt, in the manner of a …   Wiktionary

  • blowsy — blowsily, adv. /blow zee/, adj., blowsier, blowsiest. blowzy. * * * …   Universalium

  • blowsy — blow|sy [ blauzi ] another spelling of blowzy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blowsy — [ blaʊzi] (also blowzy) adjective (blowsier, blowsiest) (of a woman) coarse, untidy, and red faced. Derivatives blowsily adverb blowsiness noun Origin C17: from obs. blowze beggar s female companion , of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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