dowdy

Someone dowdy dresses badly and has a shabby, unstylish appearance. If you can’t remember the last time you went shopping, beware, you may be dowdy.

People tend to use the word dowdy mostly to describe women, in particular older women. In addition, it not only means shabbily dressed, but also relates specifically to the idea of style, or rather the lack of it. Applied to clothing, it also means out of date, in an old-fashioned, dull sort of way. Wild 1970s-style love beads may be out of style, but they can never be called dowdy! A sensible gray tweed skirt or the person wearing it? Most likely dowdy!

Primary Meanings of dowdy

1.
adj
lacking in smartness or taste
2.
n
deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
Full Definitions of dowdy
1

adj lacking in smartness or taste

“a dowdy grey outfit”
“a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room”
Synonyms:
styleless, unstylish
lacking in style or elegance

adj primly out of date

Synonyms:
frumpish, frumpy
unfashionable, unstylish
not in accord with or not following current fashion
2

n deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust

Synonyms:
pandowdy
Type of:
pastry
any of various baked foods made of dough or batter

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