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blowse +‎ -y


blowsy ‎(comparative blowsier, superlative blowsiest)

  1. Having a reddish, coarse complexion, especially with a pudgy face.
    • 1861, George Eliot, “Chapter 11”, in Silas Marner:
      . . . with a face made blowsy by the cold and damp.
    • 1913, Louis Joseph Vance, The Day of Days, ch. 13,
      . . . a man of, say, well-preserved sixty, with a blowsy plump face and fat white side-whiskers.
  2. (chiefly of a woman) Slovenly or unkempt, in the manner of a beggar or slattern.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ch. 8,
      Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!
  3. Unrefined, countrified.
    • 1921, John Buchan, The Path of the King, ch. 11,
      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.



  • "blowsy" at OneLook® Dictionary Search.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.