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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOWDINESS

"And then she will shake off her dowdiness and her gloom together," said Mrs Mackenzie.

Miss Drummond is not so bad, after all, is she, in spite of her dowdiness and fussy ways?

Try to be as neat as the very dowdiest girl you know, without the dowdiness.

There was none of the occasional shabbiness or dowdiness of Michigan Avenue.

One knows that it doesn't mean much; but it's like artificial flowers,—it gives a little colour, and takes off the dowdiness.

After all, the American women were chic, she decided, although some of the doctors had wives of a dowdiness—Himmel!

She was neat where Anna had been disorderly, well dressed and breezy against Anna's dowdiness and sharpness.

Anyhow they totally failed to support the charge of dowdiness which had been freely brought against the Queen-Mother's rgime.

But one thing was certain—there wasn't the p. 149 remotest suggestion of dowdiness about a Beldon.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s (n.), "an aukward, ill-dressed, inelegant woman" [Johnson]; 1670s (adj.), perhaps a diminutive of doue "poorly dressed woman" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin. The modern use of dowd (n.) is most likely a back-formation from dowdy. "If plaine or homely, wee saie she is a doudie or a slut" [Barnabe Riche, "Riche his Farewell to Militarie profession," 1581].

Related: Dowdily; dowdiness.

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