dowdy

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Late 16th century. Origin uncertain: probably literally “little poorly dressed woman,” formed from doue “poorly dressed woman.”

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dowdy (comparative dowdier, superlative dowdiest)

  1. Plain and unfashionable in style or dress.
  2. Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby.

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