1. [ adjective ] primly out of date
Synonyms: frumpish frumpy

"nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"

Related terms: unfashionable
2. [ adjective ] lacking in smartness or taste

"a dowdy gray outfit" "a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room"

Related terms: styleless
3. [ noun ] (military,work) British Marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
Synonyms: dowding hugh_dowding baron_hugh_caswall_tremenheere_dowding
Related terms: general marshal
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1875
5. [ noun ] (chemistry,food) deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
Synonyms: pandowdy
Related terms: pastry
Similar spelling:   Dowd