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[fruhmp] /frʌmp/
a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
a dull, old-fashioned person.
Origin of frump
First recorded in 1545-55; origin uncertain
Related forms
frumpish, adjective Unabridged
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  • “The frump, as you call her, is usually a countess or a duchess,” with asperity.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • frump,—the word calls up the exact picture; frump and fatuity.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • No one ever regained my favour by making a frump of herself.


    Edmund Gosse
  • Billings waved his hand to the frump as he mounted the stairway inside.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • The frump now was to be worked off on me, and I was expected to stand for it.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • And this was the frump's father, and it was for him she was scheming to make a home!

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • "And metathorax," chimed in the frump, her head close to his.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • "One bore, or one frump, can ruin a party," was a favorite saying of hers.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • "To only two that I know of," responded Mrs. frump, in a winning voice.

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton
  • Mrs. frump made her sentences short, to accommodate her breath.

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton
British Dictionary definitions for frump


a woman who is dowdy, drab, or unattractive
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: to be sullen; C19: dowdy woman): from Middle Dutch verrompelen to wrinkle, rumple
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Word Origin and History for frump

"cross, unstylish person" 1817, perhaps from frumple (v.) "to wrinkle" (late 14c.), from Middle Dutch verrompelen "to wrinkle" (see frumpy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for frump



A dowdy woman: that floppy-looking frump he left you for (1817+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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