Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun dowdy

2 senses of dowdy

Sense 1
Dowding, Hugh Dowding, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Dowdy -- (British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970))
       INSTANCE OF=> general, full general -- (a general officer of the highest rank)
       INSTANCE OF=> marshal, marshall -- ((in some countries) a military officer of highest rank)

Sense 2
dowdy, pandowdy -- (deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust)
       => pastry -- (any of various baked foods made of dough or batter)

Antonyms of adj dowdy

2 senses of dowdy

Sense 1
dowdy -- (lacking in smartness or taste; "a dowdy grey outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room")

INDIRECT (VIA styleless) -> stylish, fashionable -- (having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress; "a little less posh but every bit as stylish as Lord Peter Wimsey"; "the stylish resort of Gstadd")

Sense 2
dowdy, frumpy, frumpish -- (primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game")

INDIRECT (VIA unfashionable) -> fashionable, stylish -- (being or in accordance with current social fashions; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe")

Similarity of adj dowdy

2 senses of dowdy

Sense 1
dowdy -- (lacking in smartness or taste; "a dowdy grey outfit"; "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room")
       => styleless (vs. stylish), unstylish -- (lacking in style or elegance; "a styleless way of dressing"; "expensive but styleless country tweeds"; "wearing unstylish clothes")

Sense 2
dowdy, frumpy, frumpish -- (primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game")
       => unfashionable (vs. fashionable), unstylish -- (not in accord with or not following current fashion; "unfashionable clothes"; "melodrama of a now unfashionable kind")

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