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frump

[fruhmp] /frʌmp/
noun
1.
a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
2.
a dull, old-fashioned person.
Origin of frump
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; origin uncertain
Related forms
frumpish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for frumpish
Historical Examples
  • The niece, rustic and gawky; the companion sour and frumpish.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I love society, and you only care to associate with dowdy, frumpish people.

    Averil Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • It does seem odd and frumpish not to be in Scotland, but motoring covers a multitude of social sins.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • The bears came next, horrid cunning white things, and turning in their toes like that does give them such a frumpish look.

  • A woman is frumpish and old-fashioned if she does not know that "adultery with one paramour is nick-named marriage."

  • And this frumpish old woman sailed out of the chamber in a great fume.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for frumpish

frump

/frʌmp/
noun
1.
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 frumpish

frump

n.

"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 frumpish

frump

noun

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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