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frump

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Pronunciation: /frʌmp
 
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Definition of frump in English:

noun

An unattractive woman who wears dowdy old-fashioned clothes.
Example sentences
  • ‘Lastly,’ she adds, ‘it doesn't matter how good your face looks, if you still dress like a frump you will still look old.
  • But if I did not notice the adverts through my selective conditioning, I was presented with shiny happy photographs of the stars looking at their best to remind me that I am indeed a frump.
  • But you can't, because you'll never be anything but a common frump whose father lived over a grocery store and whose mother took in washing…

Origin

mid 16th century: probably a contraction of late Middle English frumple 'wrinkle', from Middle Dutch verrompelen. The word originally denoted a mocking speech or action; later (in the plural) ill humour, the sulks; hence a bad-tempered, (later) dowdy woman (early 19th century).

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  • This is probably a contraction of late Middle English frumple ‘wrinkle’, from Middle Dutch verrompelen. The word originally referred to a mocking speech or action; later as frumps it meant ‘the sulks’; this led to the word's use for a bad-tempered, and eventually a dowdy woman (early 19th century).

Derivatives

frumpish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • This was a new departure for the press, which usually dismisses the movement as humorless, frumpish and puritanical.
  • Its flag-bearer was mocked as a frumpish former academic unable to connect with ordinary people.
  • She admits she was frumpish, in twinset and pearls, when she first met John.

frumpishly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • When a dashingly clad officer addresses such a frumpishly dressed bum, he scolds him, as an officer in army must.
  • May herself plays the frumpishly eccentric but wealthy botanist pursued with murderous intent by Matthau's ageing, financially embarrassed playboy.
  • Grim-eyed, stringy-haired, frumpishly virginal, the oldtime schoolmarm lived in a tradition as famed as that of the absent-minded professor.

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