a dowdy, unattractive woman
Origin of frumpprobably shortened noun form from Middle English fromplen, to wrinkle from earlier Dutch frompelen, verrompelen from ver-, for- + rompelen: see rumple
- A girl or woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable.
- A person regarded as colorless and primly sedate.
Origin of frumpPossibly short for Middle English frumple wrinkle from Middle Dutch verrompelen to wrinkle ver- completely ; see per1 in Indo-European roots. rompelen to wrinkle
(third-person singular simple present frumps, present participle frumping, simple past and past participle frumped)
- (obsolete) To insult; to flout; to mock; to snub.