dowdy dowdy  /ˈdaʊ di/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
  2. (n) deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
  3. (adj) lacking in smartness or taste
  4. (adj) primly out of date

Usage(s):

  1. And dowdy Broadway, the birthplace of Streisand's fame, is not producing pop stars these days.
  2. In the 15 years since she won Warnaco in a hostile buyout, Wachner has used that aggressive style to remake the dowdy $600 million manufacturer of women's undergarments into a $2.
  3. Until Nellie Donnelly came along, most cheap cotton dresses were dowdy calico prints, which housewives wrapped around themselves like sacks.

News

  1. Community Corner June 15

    This past weekend was a rough weekend for the Dowdy family. Please keep Sherry, Brandon, Chase, Amanda, Tracy and Audrey Dowdy and rest of the family and friends, as they try and get passed their loss of Timmy Dowdy.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Log Cabin Democrat

  2. ODU-East Carolina Kickoff Set For August 31st, 7pm

    The kickoff time for East Carolina’s season-opening non-conference home contest against Old Dominion, scheduled for August 31 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, has been set for 7:00 p.m. (EDT) to accommodate a live FOX College Sports (FCS) television broadcast according to an announcement from Conference USA and network officials Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WITN 7 North Carolina

  3. $68,000 question: Really?

    What the frock?! This flimsy, cheap-looking babydoll dress is the star of the new Saint Laurent collection — and costs a staggering $68,000. The Peter Pan-collared, schoolgirl get-up, featuring a dowdy black bow tie and tiny puffy sleeves, was on display at the famed design house’s new Soho boutique...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Post

Quotes

  1. "The Duchess of Dowdy strikes again," wrote Blackwell. "In feathered hats that were once the rage, she resembles a petrified parakeet from the Jurassic age. A royal wreck."
    on Jan 9, 2007 By: Mr Blackwell Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. And then Greer writes this explosive line: "The story of how she emerged from her dowdy chrysalis to become the people's princess is often told, but what is seldom assessed is just how much of a performance this was."
    on Aug 29, 2007 By: Germaine Greer Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "She went from looking like a little farm girl to looking like royalty," Gunn said. "Now she needs to push back a little so she doesn't look too dowdy or old."
    on Aug 28, 2008 By: Tim Gunn Source: Reuters UK

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