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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dead; flat; spiritless.
  • n. A woman's nightcap.

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  • Formerly, a woman's nightime head-covering. Makes one rethink what dowdy might mean.

    December 2, 2010

  • The crochety schoolmaster Mr. Carpenter in L.M. Montgomery's Emily Climbs: "I've no use for dowds and I'm sure the Lord doesn't either"

    April 15, 2009