dowdy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdaʊdi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdaʊdi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(doudē)

Inflections of 'dowdy' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
dowdier
adj comparative
dowdiest
adj superlative
Inflections of 'dowdy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": dowdies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dow•dy1 /ˈdaʊdi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -di•er, -di•est. 
  1. not stylish;
    drab;
    out-of-date:dowdy clothes.
dow•di•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dow•dy1  (doudē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -di•er, -di•est, n., pl.  -dies. 
adj. 
  1. not stylish;
    drab;
    old-fashioned:Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
  2. not neat or tidy;
    shabby.

n. 
  1. a dowdy woman.
dowdi•ly, adv. 
dowdi•ness, n. 
dowdy•ish, adj. 
dowdy•ism, n. 
  • Middle English doude unattractive woman (of uncertain origin, originally) + -y1 or -y2 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged frumpy.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fashionable, stylish.

dow•dy2  (doudē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -dies. 
  1. FoodSee  apple pandowdy. 
  • short form 1935–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dowdy /ˈdaʊdɪ/ adj ( -dier, -diest)
  1. (esp of a woman's dress) drab, unflattering, and old-fashioned
n ( pl -dies)
  1. a dowdy woman
Etymology: 14th Century: dowd slut, of unknown origin

ˈdowdily adv ˈdowdiness n ˈdowdyish adj
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