from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ruddy, fat-faced woman; a wench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ruddy, fat-faced woman; a wench.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beggar's trull; a beggar wench; a wench.
  • n. A ruddy, fat-faced wench; a blowzy woman: applied in Shakspere to an infant.


Probably from the same root as blush. (Wiktionary)


  • This I approve; but of the other two I resolve with Salisburiensis, caeteris paribus, both rich alike, endowed alike, majori miseria deformis habetur quam formosa servatur, I had rather marry a fair one, and put it to the hazard, than be troubled with a blowze; but do as thou wilt, I speak only of myself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • On the other hand, this site says 'Blouse' has for 300 years or more been English slang for a very unseemly woman, from 'blowze', which was slang for a slovenly woman, prostitute or 'beggars wench' as the OED quaintly puts it.

    Pen-Elayne on the Web


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