Late 16th century. Origin uncertain: probably literally “little poorly dressed woman,” formed from doue, “poorly dressed woman.”
- Rhymes: -aʊdi
- Plain and unfashionable in style or dress.
- Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby.
plain and unfashionable in style or dress
lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby
dowdy (plural dowdies)
- A plain or shabby woman.