Frump
Frump Frump, n. 1. A contemptuous speech or piece of conduct; a gibe or flout. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

2. A cross, old-fashioned person; esp., an old woman; a gossip. [Colloq.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]


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  • frump — frump·i·ly; frump·i·ness; frump·ish; frump; frump·ish·ly; frump·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • Frump — Frump, v. t. [Cf. Prov. E. frumple to wrinkle, ruffle, D. frommelen.] To insult; to flout; to mock; to snub. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frump — [frump] n. [prob. shortened n. form < ME fromplen, to wrinkle < earlier Du frompelen, verrompelen < ver , FOR + rompelen: see RUMPLE] a dowdy, unattractive woman frumpish adj. frumpy adj. frumpier, frumpiest …   English World dictionary

  • frump — [frʌmp] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from frumple to crush in folds (14 19 centuries), from Middle Dutch verrompelen] a woman who is frumpy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frump — [ frʌmp ] noun count an insulting word for a woman who dresses in a way that is not attractive or fashionable …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • frump — cross, unstylish person 1817, perhaps from frumple (v.) to wrinkle (late 14c.), from M.Du. verrompelen to wrinkle (see FRUMPY (Cf. frumpy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • frump — ► NOUN ▪ an unattractive woman who wears dowdy old fashioned clothes. DERIVATIVES frumpy adjective. ORIGIN originally denoting a mocking speech or action, later sulkiness: probably from Dutch verrompelen wrinkle …   English terms dictionary

  • frump — noun /frʌmp/ a) A frumpy person, somebody who is unattractive, drab or dowdy. You look like such a frump today! b) The clothes that such a person would wear …   Wiktionary

  • frump — UK [frʌmp] / US noun [countable] Word forms frump : singular frump plural frumps an insulting word for a woman who dresses in a way that is not attractive or fashionable …   English dictionary

  • frump — frumpish, adj. /frump/, n. 1. a person who is dowdy, drab, and unattractive. 2. a dull, old fashioned person. [1545 55; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

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