dowdyish

dowdy

1 [dou-dee]
adjective, dowdier, dowdiest.
1.
not stylish; drab; old-fashioned: Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
2.
not neat or tidy; shabby.
noun, plural dowdies.
3.
a dowdy woman.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English doude unattractive woman (of uncertain origin) + -y1 or -y2

dowdily, adverb
dowdiness, noun
dowdyish, adjective
dowdyism, noun


1. frumpy.


1. fashionable, stylish.
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dowdy (ˈdaʊdɪ)
 
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  (esp of a woman's dress) drab, unflattering, and old-fashioned
 
n , -dier, -diest, -dies
2.  a dowdy woman
 
[C14: dowd slut, of unknown origin]
 
'dowdily
 
adv
 
'dowdiness
 
n
 
'dowdyish
 
adj

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dowdy
1580s (n.), 1670s (adj.), probably 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 homely, wee saie she is a doudie or a slut" [1581].
"You don't have to be dowdy to be a Christian." [Tammy Faye Bakker, "Newsweek," June 8, 1987]
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