Definition of blowsy in English:


(also blowzy)


  • (of a woman) coarse, untidy, and red-faced.

    ‘the cheap perfume worn by the blowsy woman’
    figurative ‘blowsy, old-fashioned roses’
    • ‘The fact that he recast her as a housemaid or a blowsy country lass is indicative of his desire to distance and protect himself from painful memories.’
    • ‘When I first went out to readings and met people I did get a sense that they hoped this blowsy, loudmouthed, oversexed creature was going to burst forth.’
    • ‘Hector thought she looked blowsy, her primness hoisted for the Missionaries squirreled away again.’
    • ‘And that woman, that blowsy, strident woman who insists on telling everybody what she thinks of them.’
    • ‘The gaunt actress looks more like a heroin addict than the blowzy drunk he had in mind (read the text - it's not just my mental image of the character that she doesn't fit).’
    • ‘The actress, as the blowsy, chain - smoking dance teacher, is sadly underused.’
    • ‘However, in place of the suggestive delicacy of traditional ink painting, his bees and butterflies are realized with the blowsy directness of American Pop art.’
    • ‘She's among the most sought-after strumpets on the scene, a brash and blowsy blonde babe whose sassy strip-club allure promises to be on the scene for some time to come.’
    • ‘The actress is as irritating as she is perfect in the role of feckless and blowsy Kathy who loses her house after a mix up with local taxes.’
    • ‘A blowsy kitchen helper is full of sage advice. There's also a younger brother to tell him what to do.’
    • ‘The actress is chirpy and loose as blowzy broad Dolores in a show that proves you can do worse than taking in a crass melodrama.’
    • ‘But his smoothie solicitor is having an affair with his blowsy, sexy wife Carol and the whole situation is ready to explode.’
    • ‘The staging in Act I uses a trio of boxes for separate scenes - the kitchen, a ballet studio for the blowsy stepsisters' dancing lesson, a frame for the Seasons divertissement.’
    • ‘On the stage, Valerie, a pale, blowsy woman, is shouting out the answers from the last round.’
    • ‘He survives by using his kick-boxing skills, defending himself and his haphazard household, a family composed of an effeminate hustler named Taboo, a blowzy hooker called Laurita, and her baby of indeterminate origin.’
    • ‘Speculation has centred on what combination of tranquillisers or diet pills is coursing through the blowsy Texan's bloodstream as she rolls around on her bed, rubs herself up against walls and employees while cooing inanities.’
    • ‘On the other side, a blowsy woman in peasant garb leans back on a swing, revealing a full view up her petticoats.’
    • ‘He meekly obeys when he is told by this blowsy female partner to take a small child on a visit to his mother in a distant town.’
    • ‘She is blowsy, slightly needy, and struggling to keep in check the precocious sexuality of her only daughter, aptly named Lolita.’
    • ‘She is Jane, blowsy but a tease.’
    untidy, sloppy, scruffy, messy, dishevelled, slovenly, sluttish, slatternly, tousled, unkempt, frowzy, slipshod, bedraggled, down at heel
    red-faced, ruddy, florid, ruddy-complexioned, flushed, raddled, rubicund, rubescent
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Early 17th century: from obsolete blowze ‘beggar's female companion’, of unknown origin.