dowdy


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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 not stylish; drab; out-of-date: dowdy clothes.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2.dowdy - primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"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.
References in classic literature ?
She's proud, but I don't believe she'd mind, for that dowdy tarlatan is all she has got.
Vandeleur, one of his aunt's oldest friends, a perfect saint amongst women, but so dreadfully dowdy that she reminded one of a badly bound hymn-book.
The next time I saw her she was opening the door of the house on the Prado to me, with her cap and the little black silk apron on, and with that marked personality of her own, which had been concealed so perfectly in the dowdy walking dress, very much to the fore.
He enjoyed them there, and was bored with them at the Blenkers', where they were mingled with fervid and dowdy women who passed them about like captured curiosities; and even after his most exciting talks with Ned Winsett he always came away with the feeling that if his world was small, so was theirs, and that the only way to enlarge either was to reach a stage of manners where they would naturally merge.
Such a precocious little girl, with such a dowdy bonnet on (that, too, of a gauzy texture), who brought her sandalled shoes in an old threadbare velvet reticule.
He spoke with great vigor at the top of his voice; soon we had a little crowd about us; but the tall collars and the broad smiles of the younger Old Boys did not deter our dowdy demagogue.
Some of them were dressed fashionably, and they said they couldn't for the life of them see why you should be dowdy just because you had written a novel; if you had a neat figure you might as well make the most of it, and a smart shoe on a small foot had never prevented an editor from taking your "stuff.
Elisha Wright said she understood that Redmond girls, especially those who belonged to Kingsport, were 'dreadful dressy and stuck-up,' and she guessed I wouldn't feel much at home among them; and I saw myself, a snubbed, dowdy, humiliated country girl, shuffling through Redmond's classic halls in coppertoned boots.
With a little trimming and a new white vest it would look as good as new, and it is really very dowdy.
But you, Jessie, surely like this costume better than the dowdy things Rose has been wearing all summer.
the good woman is a comfortable middle-class dowdy, and when she goes to the palace or into society--" He pinched his lips together.
Or as when two gentlemen, strangers to the wondrous wit of the place, are cracking a bottle together at some inn or tavern at Salisbury, if the great Dowdy, who acts the part of a madman as well as some of his setters-on do that of a fool, should rattle his chains, and dreadfully hum forth the grumbling catch along the gallery; the frighted strangers stand aghast; scared at the horrid sound, they seek some place of shelter from the approaching danger; and if the well-barred windows did admit their exit, would venture their necks to escape the threatening fury now coming upon them.