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- n. The characteristic of being dowdy; frumpiness; plainness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being dowdy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
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Nor is there the slightest need that this kind of dressing involve "dowdiness," or "slouchiness," a characteristic abhorrent to every true woman.
Miss Savage, he says, was short, fat, had hip disease, and that kind of dowdiness which I used to associate with ladies who had been at school with my mother.
Susan Boyle lives with her cat, is unemployed, a church volunteer, has a high dowdiness quotient, no hairdo except gray and wild.
Stay-at-home moms have a reputation for dowdiness that is completely undeserved.
During a long interview in a Soho hotel whose plushness seems surreal after the institutional dowdiness of the court where his and Harry Redknapp's fates were decided, Mandaric tries to keep his resolution, not to criticise the City of London Police or Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, who conducted the investigations into him.
The mission: Spruce up a brand long plagued with a reputation for dowdiness among upwardly mobile European buyers.
Half-veiled hats adorned their visage, while still carrying a bit of dowdiness with them, at least to the young boy.
The retailer's changeover from cheap dowdiness to affordable fashion was under way.
In the hit movie "The Devil Wears Prada," Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, has the innocence (and dowdiness) beaten out of her by the terror-inducing fashion editor played by Meryl Streep.
It was a countenance alight, the dowdiness given off by her unfashionable apparel fading into the background.