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frump

[fruhmp] /frʌmp/
noun
1.
a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive.
2.
a dull, old-fashioned person.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; origin uncertain
Related forms
frumpish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for frump

frump

/frʌmp/
noun
1.
a woman who is dowdy, drab, or unattractive
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: to be sullen; C19: dowdy woman): from Middle Dutch verrompelen to wrinkle, rumple
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Word Origin and History for frump
n.

"cross, unstylish person" 1817, perhaps from frumple (v.) "to wrinkle" (late 14c.), from Middle Dutch verrompelen "to wrinkle" (see frumpy).

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frump

noun

A dowdy woman: that floppy-looking frump he left you for (1817+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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