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Adjective: dowdy (dowdier,dowdiest)  daw-dee
  1. Lacking in smartness or taste
    "a dowdy grey outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room"
     
  2. Primly out of date
    "nothing so dowdy as last year's gambling game";
    - frumpy, frumpish
Noun: dowdy  daw-dee
  1. Deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
    - pandowdy
Noun: Dowdy
  1. British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defence forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
    - Dowding, Hugh Dowding, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding

Derived forms: dowdier, dowdies, dowdiest

See also: daggy [Austral, NZ], styleless, unfashionable, unstylish

Type of: full general, general, marshal, marshall, pastry

Encyclopedia: Dowdy