dowdiness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowdiness - having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
Translations

dowdiness

[ˈdaʊdɪnɪs] Nfalta f de elegancia

dowdiness

dowdiness

[ˈdaʊdɪnɪs] naspetto scialbo
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