Definition of dowdy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊdi//
    (dowdier, dowdiest) Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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  1. 1(of a woman) not attractive or fashionable He had a rather dowdy wife and several children. See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
  2. 2(of a thing) dull or boring and not attractive synonym drab a dowdy dress
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a noun): from dowd ‘a person of unfashionable and dull appearance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dowdy