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.