frump

[ fruhmp ]
/ frʌmp /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for frumpish

frump

/ (frʌmp) /

noun

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

frump


n.

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

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