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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.
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Adv.1.dowdily - in a dowdy unfashionable manner; "she dresses dowdily"
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[ˈdaʊdɪlɪ] adv (dressed) → in modo scialbo
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