Definition of Dowdiness

1. Noun. Having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance.

Exact synonyms: Drabness, Homeliness
Generic synonyms: Inelegance
Derivative terms: Dowdy, Dowdy, Drab, Homely, Homely

Definition of Dowdiness

1. Noun. The characteristic of being dowdy; frumpiness; plainness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dowdiness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dowdiness

dowagerlike
dowagers
dowagers' humps
dowar
dowars
dowd
dowdier
dowdies
dowdiest
dowdified
dowdifies
dowdify
dowdifying
dowdily
dowdiness (current term)
dowdinesses
dowds
dowdy
dowdyish
dowdyism
dowdyisms
dowed
dowel
dowel pin
doweled
doweling
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dowelling
dowels

Literary usage of Dowdiness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Corrie Who? by Maximilian Foster (1908)
"entable dowdiness of the young woman who now sat down to play on it. ... Still, this dowdiness and lack of personal adornment, though it were even by design ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"The twang, to be sure, there is in plenty; and the toilette is the dowdiness (not the finery) of the backwoods; but then she is lively, kind, ..."

3. Modern Essays by Christopher Morley (1921)
"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 ..."

4. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Leslie Stephen (1899)
"... the tone of whose voices, and a certain comfortable dowdiness of dress, are so like our own;—whilst we are remarking on these sights, sounds, smells, ..."

5. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1908)
"... she was firm as iron ; she had dignity, grace, and charm of manner, investing her very dress, plain to dowdiness, with a sort of appropriate simplicity. ..."

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