- a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
- a dull, old-fashioned person.
Origin of frump
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.Hypolympia
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!
- a woman who is dowdy, drab, or unattractive
Word Origin for frump
"cross, unstylish person" 1817, perhaps from frumple (v.) "to wrinkle" (late 14c.), from Middle Dutch verrompelen "to wrinkle" (see frumpy).