Definition of blowsy in English:

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blowsy

Pronunciation: /ˈblouzē/
(also blowzy)

adjective

(Of a woman) coarse, untidy, and red-faced: a blowsy woman wearing Bermuda shorts and a Bally’s sweatshirt figurative blowsy, old-fashioned roses
More example sentences
  • The actress is as irritating as she is perfect in the role of feckless and blowsy Kathy who loses her house after a mix up with local taxes.
  • He survives by using his kick-boxing skills, defending himself and his haphazard household, a family composed of an effeminate hustler named Taboo, a blowzy hooker called Laurita, and her baby of indeterminate origin.
  • She is blowsy, slightly needy, and struggling to keep in check the precocious sexuality of her only daughter, aptly named Lolita.
Synonyms
untidy, sloppy, scruffy, messy, disheveled, unkempt, frowzy, slovenly;
coarse;
red-faced, ruddy, florid

Derivatives

blowsily

Pronunciation: /-zəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • But his chief opponent, the blowsily good-hearted, promiscuous Ida loses much of her instinctive belief in right and wrong.
  • When I look at her blowsily lyrical and sneakily philosophical abstractions, satisfaction reigns, replete with delicate discriminations and a certain funny, sexy moodiness.
  • In one vigorous print, Mary sits blowsily at a table guzzling gin (a low-class drink) with her servants, legs indecorously spread and garter drooping.

blowsiness

noun
Example sentences
  • And this looseness and blowsiness is not anything as simple and scandalous as abrupt and disordered syntax.
  • You also hear some blowsiness, a touch of vulgarity, an overindulgence of her baritonal chest register.
  • It could also be that the blowsiness of the horns conjure up a steamy Southern atmosphere.

Origin

Early 17th century: from obsolete blowze 'beggar's female companion', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with blowsy

Dalhousie, drowsy, frowzy, housey-housey, lousy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: blows·y

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