Blowsy vs Blowsiness - What's the difference?

blowsy | blowsiness |


As an adjective blowsy

is having a reddish, coarse complexion, especially with a pudgy face.

As a noun blowsiness is

the state or quality of being blowsy.

blowsy

English

Alternative forms

* blowzy

Adjective

(er)
  • Having a reddish, coarse complexion, especially with a pudgy face.
  • *
  • * 1913 , , The Day of Days , ch. 13,
  • *:. . . a man of, say, well-preserved sixty, with a blowsy plump face and fat white side-whiskers.
  • (chiefly, of a woman) Slovenly or unkempt, in the manner of a beggar or slattern.
  • * 1813 , , Pride and Prejudice , ch. 8,
  • Her hair so untidy, so blowsy !
  • Unrefined, countrified.
  • * 1921 , , The Path of the King , ch. 11,
  • He longed for the warmth and the smells of his favourite haunts—Gilpin's with oysters frizzling in a dozen pans, and noble odours stealing from the tap-room, the Green Man with its tripe-suppers, Wanless's Coffee House, noted for its cuts of beef and its white puddings. He would give much to be in a chair by one of those hearths and in the thick of that blowsy fragrance.

    References

    *" blowsy" at OneLook® Dictionary Search . * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.

    blowsiness

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • The state or quality of being blowsy.