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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Not stylishly or well dressed.

Usage examples (35)
  • Her dowdy overcoat alarmed her teenage children.
  • A dowdy grey outfit
  • They had been out at General Headquarters, living in dowdy little hotels in Arras ever since October, most of them.
  • I told her how frequently the word "dowdy" came up when I talked to nuns. for more
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  • The "dowdy" (dressed poorly) stranger seemed to be "dotty" (slightly mad or eccentric) because he was dressed in "doty" (decayed or discolored) rags. But he was really a "doughty" (brave) veteran of the last war.
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