frump

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frump a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman "she got a reputation as a frump","she's a real dog"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frump A contemptuous speech or piece of conduct; a gibe or flout.
    • Frump A cross, old-fashioned person; esp., an old woman; a gossip.
    • v. t Frump To insult; to flout; to mock; to snub.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frump To be rude to; insult; snub; rebuke.
    • frump To fabricate or patch up (a tale).
    • frump To be rude.
    • frump To go about gossiping.
    • frump To complain without cause.
    • n frump A taunt; a jeer; a flout; a snub.
    • n frump A lie.
    • n frump A dowdy woman or girl, particularly when also cross or ill-tempered; a hag.
    • n frump A gossip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frump frump a dowdy and cross-grained woman:
    • v.t Frump (obs.) to snub
    • n Frump frump (obs.) a flout or snub
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. frumple, to wrinkle, ruffle, D. frommelen,

Usage

In literature:

For, to start with, I made sure you was goin' to be a frump.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
She's lots of fun, and a body'd be a great goose that tried to suit all the old frumps in town.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
I'll trust your instinct in such matters, Mort; you've never been one to run after frumps and minxes.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
After all, the Dean is an old frump, and papa does not care a bit about him.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
I make no count of your foreign frumps and fiddlements.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Wants some one to cheer her up, or she'll be dumped and frumped and grumped all in one.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
He always has some frump to pour tea and ask fool questions.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
No one ever regained my favour by making a frump of herself.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
The smarter you are, the more of a frump you will look!
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Or perhaps it's merely because I'm an old frump from a back-township ranch!
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
There is no reason why we must be frumps.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
Now, by comparison with a bright, well-dressed wife, he sees what an "old frump" his mother is.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
I'm bound to look the veriest frump in comparison, so why worry any more?
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The looking-glass had bitter things to tell me, and crying makes me such a frump.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
Each called the other a greedy frump.
"In My Nursery" by Laura E. Richards
I must say she looked a frump.
"The Amazing Inheritance" by Frances R. Sterrett
Not the room, this, of an old frump.
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel
He always had called them frumps, or cats, or freaks, or something like that.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon
The crew are a spiteful set of ugly frumps, and on my solemn word I won't row any more.
"Mr Punch Afloat"
Out yonder at Antigniano they are all old frumps, and the men never remain there.
"The Mysterious Mr. Miller" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

He took sinewy lumps from the shins of old frumps,
And mangled the errand-boys—when he could get 'em.
He shammed furious rabies, and bit all the babies,
And followed the cats up the trees, and then ate 'em!"
"The Little Dog's Day" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

The frump factor and Holly Petraeus.
Less First Frump , More Foxy Lady.
Joined by Beau Bridges (a recent newcomer in the role of J.B. Pierrepont Finch) and Michael Urie (Bud Frump) celebrate their Jan 24 first performance together in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Get it wrong and you are forced to wear it on your sleeve - either you are a pretentious "Flash Harry" or a bit of a frump.
Randy Weissenhofer, right, and Jerry Frump consult while working a Steelers-Jets game.
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