adjective, frump·i·er, frump·i·est.
Examples from the Web for frumpy
More hokey than the inspired objects recalled by the curators: A frumpy teddy bear.
In the novel, Newton takes up with a frumpy, unlettered Kentucky woman well into middle age.‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Is a Classic Twice over—as a Movie and a Novel|Malcolm Jones|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But relative next to our toned and styled first lady, it was stodgy and frumpy.Michelle Obama’s Signs of Fashion Restraint on Election Night|Isabel Wilkinson|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) became a frumpy mother of two overweight daughters.
The knits were heavy, the grape prints looked like table linens, and the long skirts with the high waist were frumpy.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye|Robin Givhan|March 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It would be a pleasure to serve a good-looking fellow like your friend, after being plagued waiting on frumpy farmer?
This is my grumpy, frumpy story, and we'll keep it to ourselves, Trot!'David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
She has never ceased to talk about the frumpy crowd she met there.Contrary Mary|Temple Bailey
A frumpy party is nothing more nor less than a collection of badly dressed persons.Etiquette|Emily Post
I have been a grumpy, frumpy, wayward sort of a woman, a good many years.The Personal History of David Copperfield |Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for frumpy
Word Origin and History for frumpy
1746, "cross-tempered," from frump (n.) "bad temper" (1660s) and an earlier verb meaning "to mock, browbeat" (1550s), of obscure origin, perhaps imitative of a sneer or derisive snort. Sense of "sour-looking, unfashionable" is from 1825, but this may be a shortening of frumple "to wrinkle, crumple" (late 14c.), from Middle Dutch verrompelen, from ver- "completely" + rompelen "to rumple." Related: Frumps. Cf. also frump.