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or blowsy, blowzed, blowsed, blousy

[blou-zee] /ˈblaʊ zi/
adjective, blowzier, blowziest.
having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
disheveled in appearance; unkempt.
Origin of blowzy
1760-70; obsolete blowze wench (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
blowzily, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was the nurse, her sleeve lifted, her blowzy face convulsed.

  • The loveliness of the woods in March is not, assuredly, of this blowzy rustic type.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The May sun was striding, an incongruous, provincial virgin, through a litter of blowzy streets.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • One face (the front) was blowzy and freckled, with a small pug nose and a quarrelsome mouth.

  • I have heard you speak of him since you came home, but supposing he was some blowzy artist, I never cared to ask about him.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • Gwendolyn lifted terrified eyes for a second look at the brick-colored hair, the blowzy countenance.

  • Meanwhile it gets us a blowzy character, by shouldering roughly among the children of civilization.

  • Shelton was repelled by her proprietary tone, by her blowzy face, and by the scent of patchouli.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
Word Origin and History for blowzy

c.1770, from obsolete blouze (1570s), "wench, beggar's trull," perhaps originally a cant term, + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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