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Meaning of DOWDY

Pronunciation:  'dawdee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
  2. [n]  British Marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
  3. [adj]  primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"
  4. [adj]  lacking in smartness or taste; "a dowdy gray outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room"

DOWDY is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Dowding, frumpish, frumpy, Hugh Dowding, out of fashion, pandowdy, styleless, unfashionable, unstylish
 See Also: full general, general, marshal, marshall, pastry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dow"dy\, a. [Compar. {Dowdier}; superl. {Dowdiest}.]
    [Scot. dawdie slovenly, daw, da sluggard, drab, Prov. E. dowd
    flat, dead.]
    Showing a vulgar taste in dress; awkward and slovenly in
    dress; vulgar-looking. -- {Dow"di*ly}, adv. -- {Dow"di*ness},
  2. \Dow"dy\, n.; pl. {Dowdies}.
    An awkward, vulgarly dressed, inelegant woman. --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
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