a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
a dull, old-fashioned person.

Origin of frump

First recorded in 1545–55; origin uncertain
Related formsfrump·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frumpish

Historical Examples of frumpish

  • 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.


    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."

British Dictionary definitions for frumpish



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 frumpish



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

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