Definition of frumpy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌmpi/

adjective (frumpier, frumpiest)

(Of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned: a frumpy housewife her frumpy, shapeless dresses
More example sentences
  • Television pundits lambasted her image as a frumpy housewife who delivered dull speeches while clad in dowdy grey or brown suits.
  • She did take a moment to glance at what Lisa was wearing though, and wasn't surprised that it was one of her usual dull, frumpy outfits.
  • But with Tiffany gone, she no longer looked so dull and frumpy in comparison.
dowdy, frumpish, unfashionable, old-fashioned;
drab, dull, shabby, scruffy
British informal mumsy
Australian/New Zealand informal daggy



Example sentences
  • Moving Houses was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, but here it is played (in a revised version) by the frumpily named Ethel.
  • As she looked back at Katherine frumpily trailing, she hoped so.
  • If he feels the secretary is dressing rather frumpily, the room may lose that air of formality it needs in order to gain the respect of others.


Example sentences
  • That means fires, warm clothes, bad hair, and general frumpiness.
  • Is it possible to dress for your daughter's wedding with due formality but without frumpiness?
  • Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to lose some of the frumpiness.

Words that rhyme with frumpy

bumpy, clumpy, dumpy, grumpy, humpy, jumpy, lumpy, plumpy, rumpy-pumpy, scrumpy, stumpy

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