a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
a dull, old-fashioned person.
Origin of frump
First recorded in 1545–55; origin uncertainRelated formsfrump·ish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for frump
Historical Examples of frump
Frump,—the word calls up the exact picture; frump and fatuity.
“The frump, as you call her, is usually a countess or a duchess,” with asperity.
No one ever regained my favour by making a frump of herself.
Billings waved his hand to the frump as he mounted the stairway inside.
And this was the frump's father, and it was for him she was scheming to make a home!
British Dictionary definitions for frump
a woman who is dowdy, drab, or unattractive
Word Origin for frump
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).
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