Meaning of “blowsy” in the English Dictionary

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"blowsy" in British English

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blowsyadjective

also blowzy uk /ˈblaʊ.zi/ us /ˈblaʊ.zi/

Examples from literature

  • After racking his imagination, it occurred to him to bribe the blowsy waiting-maid with gold. 
  • By this time Mary had dried her tears, and when they reached the station at Warren, she removed her veil, disclosing to view a face, which instead of being "rough and blowsy" was smooth and fair almost as marble. 
  • Edward Henry bought an aster from a fine bold, red-cheeked, blowsy, dirty wench with a baby in her arms, and left some change for the baby. 
  • She is blowsy and fat, has far too much color, and carries too much flesh in spite of the rough way she uses herself. 
  • These pert and blowsy schoolgirls, with hideous voices, and arrogant curls, or crimped lion-manes of aggressive hair! 

(Definition of “blowsy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)