Origin: probably shortened noun form ; from Middle English fromplen, to wrinkle ; from earlier Dutch frompelen, verrompelen ; from ver-, for- plush rompelen: see rumple
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- A girl or woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable.
- A person regarded as colorless and primly sedate.
Origin: Possibly short for Middle English frumple, wrinkle, from Middle Dutch verrompelen, to wrinkle : ver-, completely; see per1 in Indo-European roots + rompelen, to wrinkle.
- frumpˈi·ly adverb
- frumpˈi·ness noun
- frumpˈy adjective