adjective (dowdier, dowdiest)
- (Of a person, typically a woman, or their clothes) unfashionable and without style in appearance: she could achieve the kind of casual chic that made every other woman around her look dowdyMore example sentences
- Gone is the willowy beauty, and in her place is a thin, pinched, dowdy lady, an eccentric Victorian who wears ugly hats.
- Uncomfortable with her ‘frumpy’ appearance, she has replaced dowdy suits with bright blouses, employs a celebrity hairdresser and takes a makeup artist to rallies.
- On the cover of Time, in a spread in Life, the image of Romania's Iron Lady was stout and unsmiling, a monolith with a face of stone, dowdy clothes and unkempt hair.
noun (plural dowdies)Back to top
- A woman who is unfashionably and unattractively dressed.More example sentences
- They are nothing only a crowd of auld dowdies from Killiney, who should keep their noses out of Athy, said Cllr Paddy Wright.
- The suffragettes are not all dowdies; but they are mainly supported by dowdies.
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- The Bridgwater end is probably the least attractive, showing more than its fair share of the graffiti, discarded trash and general dowdiness of a run-down town.
- The warm practical clothes of winter whose sole functions were to provide warmth and comfort are shed as their weight and dowdiness becomes unbearable.
- She made me feel ashamed of my relative dowdiness.
late 16th century: from dowd 'person of unfashionable appearance' (of unknown origin) + -y1.