Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dull or plain.
  • adj. Prim and sedate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Poorly dressed; wearing drab, lifeless, ill-fitting clothing. More typically used to describe women than men.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cross-tempered; scornful.
  • adj. Old-fashioned, as a woman's dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cross-tempered; cross-grained; scornful.
  • Old-fashioned, as applied to dress; dowdy. Also frumpy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. primly out of date

Etymologies

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frump +‎ -ish

Examples

  • She held her head very high indeed, and would not speak to this doll because it was "frumpish," or that doll because it was not in the same set as herself.

    Adventures in Toyland What the Marionette Told Molly

  • Otherwise it would become too / ladylike and frumpish / for me.

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  • He also wants to explore Muskie's private life, and is disappointed when aide John Ehrlichman tells Nixon that Muskie is "" very cloistered, very frumpish. ''

    And Now, 'Tricky Dick'

  • Or is it because you are an incompetent frumpish hysterical female, wholly out of her depth, who instead of acting in a civilised manner as one would expect from someone in your position, instead gives lectures which are downright rude, pig-headedly arrogant and most unladylike?

    OpEdNews - Diary: Pravda Hammers Condoleeza Rice

  • In fact, as the lamb and red wine were served, my first impression of Blairand of his wife, Cherie, who was then very much in her slightly frumpish, pre-designer periodwas that they were bright, articulate, personable.

    A Question of Honour

  • Anna could see there was a thick grey line in her parting; now, the hippy style made her look old-fashioned, almost frumpish.

    Deadly Intent

  • Gradually, he passed, and Bingham looked deeply into the near distance, away from the man, as if he were watching for something specific, and had been before the man and his brown-haired, frumpish nurse came into his sight.

    Free Time

  • If you wear a robe or alb, my opinion is, you MUST have a good pair of black pumps that are not super-trendy but also not frumpish.

    A Word on Shopping

  • A plump woman with gray hair and a rather frumpish uniform approached them.

    The Wizard Of Karres

  • Afterwards, when the novelty had worn off, she subjected her companion to a closer scrutiny, and from the height of thirteen years had soon taxed her with being a frumpish old maid; the valiant but feeble efforts Miss Isabella made to entertain her, as they walked along, only strengthening her in this opinion.

    The Getting of Wisdom

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