[ US /ˈdaʊdi/ ]
[ UK /dˈa‍ʊdi/ ]
  1. deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
  1. lacking in smartness or taste
    a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room
    a dowdy grey outfit
  2. primly out of date
    nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game
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How To Use dowdy In A Sentence

  • If the traditional image of the empty-nester is dowdy, sad and purposeless, she could not be further from it. Times, Sunday Times
  • Once you get to a size 14 you find that most swimwear in the shops is dowdy and frumpy. The Sun
  • One wrong call, she thought, and the entire country was in danger of looking dowdy and unstylish.
  • (Read The Observer's extensive coverage here.) "Save The Hotel" activist Gregory Jones once took issue with my use of the term "fleabag" to describe the dowdy would-be landmark on Seventh Avenue. Win Trip To 'Luxurious' Hotel Pennsylvania!
  • So, ditch those dowdy greys and dip a toe in the new blues. Times, Sunday Times
  • What a nice way to show that dressing modestly doesn't have to mean "dowdy" or "drab"! The Value of Clothing in Creating a Mood
  • a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room
  • Dowdy gets a makeover, becomes unrecognisably beautiful, love blossoms. Times, Sunday Times
  • Only the dowdy daughter, Martha, treats him with kindness, teaching him to read and shielding him occasionally from her siblings' harshest jibes.
  • I've walked past it loads of times and from the outside always thought it was just a dowdy 70s office block.
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