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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.]

frump′i·ly adv.
frump′i·ness n.
frump′y adj.
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(ˈfrʌmpɪ) or


(of a woman, clothes, etc) dowdy, drab, or unattractive
ˈfrumpily, ˈfrumpishly adv
ˈfrumpiness, ˈfrumpishness n
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(ˈfrʌm pi)

adj. frump•i•er, frump•i•est.
dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
frump′i•ly, adv.
frump′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frumpy - primly out of date; "nothing so frumpish as last year's gambling game"
unfashionable, unstylish - not in accord with or not following current fashion; "unfashionable clothes"; "melodrama of a now unfashionable kind"
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adjective dowdy, dated, dreary, out of date, drab, unfashionable, dingy, mumsy, badly-dressed, unhip (slang) I looked so frumpy next to those women.
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adj (pej)ohne jeden Schick
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Withal, there was something so comfortable and motherly about her, the kind, wise eyes behind the gold-rimmed glasses were so misty with welcome and unspoken thoughts of the dear mother Rose had lost, that the girl went out to her sincerely even as she marvelled that the same years on the same farm which had given one person added polish and had made him even more good looking than ever, could have changed another so completely and turned her into such a toil-scarred, frumpy, oldish woman.
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The black, green, blue and pink wrap dress is from French fashion house Vionnet's pre-fall 2013 collection which makes it not only frumpy and a bit The black, green, blue and pink wrap dress is from French fashion house Vionnet's pre-fall 2013 collection which makes it not only frumpy and a bit ill fitting but more than a year old too.
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@SARAPDAVIES Perhaps if the top half had a bit less material and was a bit more fitted it wouldn't look quite so frumpy. Love the colour though @KIRSTIEMCCRUM I wouldn't wear it, but she can carry it off @MISSWALES10 She's stunning but the dress is far too safe and a good two sizes too big.