dowdy

  • 1 Dowdy — ist der Name folgender Personen: Bill Dowdy (* 1933), US amerikanischer Jazzschlagzeuger John Vernard Dowdy (1912–1995), US amerikanischer Politiker Wayne Dowdy (* 1943), US amerikanischer Politiker Diese Seite ist eine …

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  • 2 dowdy — 1580s (n.), an aukward, ill dressed, inelegant woman [Johnson]; 1670s (adj.), perhaps a dim. of doue poorly dressed woman (early 14c.), of uncertain origin. The modern use of dowd (n.) is most likely a back formation from dowdy. If plaine or… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 dowdy — dowdy·ish; dowdy; …

    English syllables

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 Dowdy — Dow dy, n.; pl. {Dowdies}. An awkward, vulgarly dressed, inelegant woman. Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 dowdy — *slatternly, frowzy, blowsy Analogous words: slovenly, *slipshod, unkempt, disheveled, sloppy Antonyms: smart (in dress, appearance) Contrasted words: fashionable, *stylish, modish, chic: flashy, *gaudy, garish …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 dowdy — [adj] poorly dressed; old fashioned antiquated, archaic, baggy, bedraggled, blowsy*, bygone, dated, dingy, drab, dull, frowzy*, frumpy*, homely, moldy, old hat*, outdated, outmoded, out of date, passé, plain, run down, scrubby*, shabby,… …

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 Dowdy — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Dowdy (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on dowdy instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/dowdy …

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  • 12 dowdy — dow|dy [ˈdaudi] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: dowd dull unattractive person (14 20 centuries)] 1.) a dowdy woman is not attractive, because she wears dull and unfashionable clothes 2.) dowdy things are dull, unattractive, and unfashionable ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 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

  • 14 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

  • 15 dowdy — adjective 1 unattractive or unfashionable: a dowdy frock 2 a dowdy woman wears dull or unfashionable clothes dowdily adverb dowdiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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

    English dictionary

  • 17 dowdy — I dow•dy [[t]ˈdaʊ di[/t]] adj. di•er, di•est, 1) not stylish; drab; out of date: dowdy clothes[/ex] 2) not neat; shabby 3) a dowdy woman • Etymology: 1300–50; ME doude unattractive woman dow′di•ly, adv. dow′di•ness, n. dow′dy•ish, adj. II dow•dy… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 Dowdy — adj. & n. adj. (dowdier, dowdiest) 1 (of clothes) unattractively dull; unfashionable. 2 (of a person, esp. a woman) dressed in dowdy clothes. n. (pl. ies) a dowdy woman. Derivatives: dowdily adv. dowdiness n. Etymology: ME dowd slut, of unkn.… …

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  • 19 dowdy — adj. & n. adj. (dowdier, dowdiest) 1 (of clothes) unattractively dull; unfashionable. 2 (of a person, esp. a woman) dressed in dowdy clothes. n. (pl. ies) a dowdy woman. Derivatives: dowdily adv. dowdiness n. Etymology: ME dowd slut, of unkn.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 dowdy — adjective /ˈdaʊdi/ a) Plain and unfashionable in style or dress. [...she was] a perfect saint amongst women, but so dreadfully dowdy that she reminded one of a badly bound hymn book. b) Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby …

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