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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


c.1770, from obsolete blouze (1570s), "wench, beggar's trull," perhaps originally a cant term, + -y (2).



  1. adj. used especially of women [syn: blowsy, slatternly, sluttish]

  2. [also: blowziest, blowzier]

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Blowzy \Blowz"y\, a. Coarse and ruddy-faced; fat and ruddy; high colored; frowzy.



a. (alternative spelling of blowsy English)

Usage examples of "blowzy".

She was a blowzy old cog, bawdy and lewd when the mood took her, and patrician and commanding at other times.

But the Ophelia, for all her blowzy airs, was a lady, and a kind-hearted one as well.

At the far end, a badly intoxicated man drooled over a too-sober blowzy blonde.

It had an air of rather forlorn splendour, like a blowzy woman in gold brocade, and in spite of the emptiness of its public rooms there was a suppressed atmosphere of clandestine and irregular life teeming in the uncharted cubicles above.

Meanwhile it gets us a blowzy character, by shouldering roughly among the children of civilization.

The picture shows a rising young movie idol in bed, pajama-ed and bleary-eyed, while an equally blowzy young woman looks startled beside him.

Greg didn't know the woman, a blowzy thirty-year-old, flat washed-out face, straw hair, wearing a man's green shirt and a short red skirt.

Borneheld had evaded the ties of matrimony for the past ten years or so, preferring to keep a succession of blowzy mistresses either at Sigholt or Gorkenfort when he was in the north, or in the palace in Carlon when he was at court.

Her file photo showed me a blowzy blonde with big Jersey hair, lots of makeup and a slim frame.