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1. A girl or woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable.
2. A person regarded as colorless and primly sedate.
[Possibly short for Middle English frumple, wrinkle, from Middle Dutch verrompelen, to wrinkle : ver-, completely; see per in Indo-European roots + rompelen, to wrinkle.]
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(of a woman, clothes, etc) dowdy, drab, or unattractive
ˈfrumpily, ˈfrumpishly adv
ˈfrumpiness, ˈfrumpishness n
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adj. frump•i•er, frump•i•est.
dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
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|Adj.||1.||frumpy - primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"|
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adjective dowdy, dated, dreary, out of date, drab, unfashionable, dingy, mumsy, badly-dressed, unhip (slang) I looked so frumpy next to those women.
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