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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Definitions for blowzy

  1. having a coarse, ruddy complexion.
  2. disheveled in appearance; unkempt.

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Citations for blowzy
I have seen scattered around the apartment photographs of a Gertrude Stein who wears her hair in a massive topknot, loose, blowzy, somewhat in disarray. Monique Truong, The Book of Salt, 2003
She restores her make-up there: she looks hot and blowzy. Her lipstick has bled into the soft skin round her mouth. Hairpins have sprung out. Her nose and eyelids shine. A.S. Byatt, "Baglady," Elements, 1998
Origin of blowzy
The origin of blowzy is uncertain, though it was perhaps once a cant term. It entered English in the 1700s.