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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
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frumpish, adjective Unabridged
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  • The bears came next, horrid cunning white things, and turning in their toes like that does give them such a frumpish look.

  • I love society, and you only care to associate with dowdy, frumpish people.

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

  • 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 niece, rustic and gawky; the companion sour and frumpish.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • And this frumpish old woman sailed out of the chamber in a great fume.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for frumpish


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



"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



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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