\ ˈfrəmp How to pronounce frump (audio) \

Definition of frump

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

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She's been directed into oblivion here, Beth Ann a wounded ginger frump forced through too many broad and contrived moments, like accidentally getting naked just in time for her husband's boss to spy her through a window. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Why Women Kill': TV Review," 15 Aug. 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,, "‘Joyce Jackson's Guide to Dating’ has its moments — but could be sharper," 6 Aug. 2017 That’s because competition is coming in the form of an entrant from an automaker that simply doesn’t do frump: Jaguar (pronounced jag-YOU-are for full effect). Steve Irsay, Orange County Register, "Will the electric Jaguar pounce on Tesla?," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of frump

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frump

probably from frumple to wrinkle

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English Language Learners Definition of frump

disapproving : a woman who wears unattractive clothes or does not make an effort to appear attractive

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