blowsy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blowsy characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women
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Usage

In literature:

But nature is a treacherous blowsy jade, who respects nobody.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
I'm a big battered blowsy one.
"The Ambassadors" by Henry James
He had not seen Zilla since Paul had shot her, and he still pictured her as buxom, high-colored, lively, and a little blowsy.
"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis
Her hair, so untidy, so blowsy!
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
After racking his imagination, it occurred to him to bribe the blowsy waiting-maid with gold.
"At the Sign of the Cat and Racket" by Honore de Balzac
He would give much to be in a chair by one of those hearths and in the thick of that blowsy fragrance.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
She looked a trifle blowsy and slightly splashed.
"Some Short Stories" by Henry James
A horseman is riding up a hill, and giving money to a blowsy beggar-wench.
"The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I imagine that she must have commenced life as a barmaid, for she had the orthodox tow hair and blowsy appearance.
"Allan and the Holy Flower" by H. Rider Haggard
There was a blowsy cheeked bar-maid, Mother Conarty's daughter.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
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In poetry:

When skies are blue and days are bright
A kitchen-garden's my delight,
Set round with rows of decent box
And blowsy girls of hollyhocks.
"The Choice" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

US popular culture's strip-mining of Italian folk music—most egregiously in the blowsy renditions of the Rat Pack—reduced its original lively expressiveness to inane caricature.
Say "Kendall Jackson" to any half-knowledgeable cork dork and they'll probably think of big, blowsy, overblown California Chardonnay.
There are people who are dismayed by the overall display of geometry and discipline expressed in the Generalife, particularly those brought up to appreciate the blowsy borders of English cottage gardens.
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