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dowdy (adj) untidy; lacking neatness.
A dowdy woman is an unattractive, untidy, and unfashionable woman. She is not neat or smart in appearance. A dowdy dress is very unattractive and unfashionable and even untidy.
- The fast food joint was managed by a dowdy woman. In spite of her not being smart or neat, the place swarmed with customers and she did earn a lot of profits.
- The dowdy appearance of the landlady contrasted with that of the smart servant maid in her very neat and fashionable dress.