Definition of dowd in English:

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Pronunciation: /daʊd/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A person of dull, unfashionable appearance (typically used of a woman): you will never catch a husband if you persist in looking like a dowd!
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  • Not because of you; I just felt such a dowd in Paris.


Middle English: of unknown origin. Perhaps reintroduced in the early 19th century as a back-formation from dowdy.

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