(1) Television pundits lambasted her image as a frumpy housewife who delivered dull speeches while clad in dowdy grey or brown suits.(2) In the first series, a recurring film sketch, ├ö├ç├┐Drudge Squad├ö├ç├û, followed the exploits of a special police unit run by dowdy housewives wearing scarves over their curlers and carrying shopping bags.(3) Our living room does not have any character, unless that character is a dowdy matron who has a full-time gig as a toy tester.(4) Denise was last seen on our screens playing the dowdy mother of six, Edie McClure, in Born & Bred.(5) She writes a weekly series called The Beseleys for a nameless and dowdy woman's magazine of the sort Dewar helped to fill when she was a jobbing journalist.(6) There is the same comic contrast between the characters' unbridled enthusiasm and their dowdy clothing and heavy Eastern European accents.(7) Now the road to the grave stretches ahead, enlivened only by daytime television and the holidays he will take with an equally dowdy wife he barely tolerates.(8) Only the dowdy daughter, Martha, treats him with kindness, teaching him to read and shielding him occasionally from her siblings' harshest jibes.(9) Several dowdy ladies gravitated towards them, bringing cups plates and enquiring minds.(10) Gone is the willowy beauty, and in her place is a thin, pinched, dowdy lady, an eccentric Victorian who wears ugly hats.(11) How else to explain her deglamorized look and dowdy outfit?(12) In it, dowdy housewife types got a chance at an attitude overhaul complete with pole-dance lesson, learning the stripper strut and makeovers galore.(13) Uncomfortable with her ├ö├ç├┐frumpy├ö├ç├û appearance, she has replaced dowdy suits with bright blouses, employs a celebrity hairdresser and takes a makeup artist to rallies.(14) After all those years of boring white coats for doctors and dowdy gowns for patients, finally the medical label is meeting the fashion label - and we're certainly diagnosing exciting things for the parade tonight.(15) Only when we meet these paragons at a literary festival or a bookstore signing do we discover that they're blue-rinsed dwarfs, clownish geeks, dowdy grannies, troglodytic professors, extras from a Lord of the Rings movie.(16) His hands, which he'd put lightly on his wife's shoulders to persuade her to go home, felt something very irregular underneath that sensible, dowdy dress.