Definition of dowd in English:

dowd

noun

  • A person of dull, unfashionable appearance (typically used of a woman):

    ‘you will never catch a husband if you persist in looking like a dowd!’
    • ‘Not because of you; I just felt such a dowd in Paris.’

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin. Perhaps reintroduced in the early 19th century as a back-formation from dowdy.

Pronunciation

dowd

/daʊd/