- Having a reddish, coarse complexion, especially with a pudgy face.
1913, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter 13, in The Day of Days:
- . . . a man of, say, well-preserved sixty, with a blowsy plump face and fat white side-whiskers.
- (chiefly of a woman) Slovenly or unkempt, in the manner of a beggar or slattern.
1813, Jane Austen, chapter 8, in Pride and Prejudice:
- Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!
- Unrefined, countrified.
1921, John Buchan, chapter 11, in The Path of the King:
- He longed for the warmth and the smells of his favourite haunts—Gilpin's with oysters frizzling in a dozen pans, and noble odours stealing from the tap-room, the Green Man with its tripe-suppers, Wanless's Coffee House, noted for its cuts of beef and its white puddings. He would give much to be in a chair by one of those hearths and in the thick of that blowsy fragrance.
Having a reddish, coarse complexion
- "blowsy" at OneLook® Dictionary Search.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.