frumpy

adjective
\ˈfrəm-pē \
frumpier; frumpiest

Definition of frumpy 

: dowdy, drab

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From the pilot to the finale, her cardigans were perfectly worn in, the jeans were distressed just so, and the coats were oversize without looking frumpy or sad. Mekita Rivas, Glamour, "20 Years Later, Felicity Is Still The Ultimate Fall Fashion Lookbook," 28 Sep. 2018 When these companies don’t collaborate with disabled people, the clothes often look frumpy and unflattering, purely functional with no consideration for fashion. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 So as not to appear frumpy, make sure the sweater doesn't overwhelm your frame. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall," 4 Sep. 2018 For decades, when not effervescing over royal weddings and births, the tabloids have castigated the royals as lazy, frumpy, dissipated or self-indulgent. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Britain’s Wedding-Mad Tabloids Feel a Cold Royal Shoulder," 1 May 2018 For decades, when not effervescing over royal weddings and births, the tabloids have castigated the royals as lazy, frumpy, dissipated or self-indulgent. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Britain’s Wedding-Mad Tabloids Feel a Cold Royal Shoulder," 1 May 2018 Or, Miss Congeniality, in which Sandra Bullock plays a frumpy FBI agent who is forced to embrace her feminine side undercover at a beauty pageant with waves that could rival a Victoria's Secret Angel and a soundtrack by Tom Jones. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Iconic Movie Makeovers That Make the Case for a Bold New Look," 15 June 2018 Once only found in frumpy health-product stores, vegan cosmetics now compete with the top luxury brands at chains like Ulta and Sephora. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "Vegan cosmetics getting easier to find, and old-school brands taking notice," 16 Apr. 2018 Women should abandon outdated looks, such as a frumpy cardigan over a dress, in favor of a leather jacket or asymmetrical sweater, Ms. Sanders says. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "In a Digital Era, How Can Older Workers Stay in the Game?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of frumpy

circa 1840, in the meaning defined above

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frumpy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of frumpy

: dressed in an unattractive way; also of clothing : old and unattractive

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