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dow·dy

 (dou′dē)
adj. dow·di·er, dow·di·est
1. Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby: a dowdy gray outfit.
2. Old-fashioned; antiquated.
n. pl. dow·dies
A dowdy person; a frump.

[From Middle English doude, immoral, unattractive, or shabbily dressed woman.]

dow′di·ly adv.
dow′di·ness n.
dow′dy·ish adj.

dowdy

(ˈdaʊdɪ)
adj, -dier or -diest
(Clothing & Fashion) (esp of a woman's dress) drab, unflattering, and old-fashioned
n, pl -dies
(Clothing & Fashion) a dowdy woman
[C14: dowd slut, of unknown origin]
ˈdowdily adv
ˈdowdiness n
ˈdowdyish adj

dow•dy1

(ˈdaʊ di)

adj. -di•er, -di•est, adj.
1. not stylish; drab; out-of-date: dowdy clothes.
2. not neat; shabby.
n.
3. a dowdy woman.
[1300–50; Middle English doude unattractive woman]
dow′di•ly, adv.
dow′di•ness, n.
dow′dy•ish, adj.

dow•dy2

(ˈdaʊ di)

n., pl. -dies.
[1935–40; short form]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dowdy - British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
2.dowdy - deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
pastry - any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
Adj.1.dowdy - lacking in smartness or taste; "a dowdy grey outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room"
styleless, unstylish - lacking in style or elegance; "a styleless way of dressing"; "expensive but styleless country tweeds"; "wearing unstylish clothes"
2.dowdy - primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"
unfashionable, unstylish - not in accord with or not following current fashion; "unfashionable clothes"; "melodrama of a now unfashionable kind"

dowdy

adjective frumpy, old-fashioned, shabby, drab, tacky (U.S. informal), unfashionable, dingy, unhip (slang), frumpish, ill-dressed, frowzy Her clothes were clean but dowdy.
smart, trim, neat, fashionable, chic, spruce, well-dressed, dressy

dowdy

adjective
1. Quite outmoded or unfashionable:
Informal: tacky.
Translations
قَليل الأناقَه، عَتيق
neelegantnístaromódní
gammeldagskedsommeligtrist
lompos
hallærislegur
neišvaizdusnemadingas
noplucisvecmodīgs
kılıksızmodası geçmiş

dowdy

[ˈdaʊdɪ] ADJ (dowdier (compar) (dowdiest (superl))) [person] → anticuado, trasnochado; [clothes] → trasnochado, pasado de moda

dowdy

[ˈdaʊdi] adj [clothes] → démodé(e); [person] → mal fagoté(e)Dow-Jones average [ˌdaʊdʒəʊnzˈævərɪdʒ] n (US)indice m Dow-Jones

dowdy

adj (+er)ohne jeden Schick

dowdy

[ˈdaʊdɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → scialbo/a

dowdy

(ˈdaudi) adjective
(of dress etc) not smart; unfashionable.
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