: a dowdy unattractive girl or woman
: a staid, drab, old-fashioned person

Examples of frump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intriguingly, for her latest performance as a great lady from history, playing Israel’s Prime Minister Golda Meir, Mirren has finally opted to go full frump. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2023 Most often, they’re stacked right next to each other, as when Perry’s great sass-mouth frump Madea suddenly plops into the middle of a dramatic scene. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 Dear Amy: My 24-year-old gorgeous, loving, and generous daughter dresses like a messy frump! Detroit Free Press, 1 Nov. 2019 Ostensibly a parody of 1950s social mores, the show actually gives us a familiar lineup of high-school cliches: The dimwit jock, the equally dim cheerleader, the frump, the nerds (male and female, each sporting glasses of course) and so on. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, 6 Aug. 2017

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Word History


probably from frumple to wrinkle

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of frump was in 1817

Dictionary Entries Near frump

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“Frump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frump. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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