dow|dy «DOW dee», adjective, -di|er, -di|est, noun, plural -dies.
poorly dressed; not neat; not stylish; shabby: »

a dress…dowdy with age (Anthony Trollope).

a woman whose clothes are shabby or not stylish: »

The Duchess of Albemarle, who is ever a plain, homely dowdy (Samuel Pepys).

[perhaps < earlier dowd a dowdy person; origin uncertain]

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