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frumpy

old-fashioned and unattractive

TRANSLATION

frumpy = altmodisch und unschön (DH) --- GOOGLE INDEX frumpy: approximately 650,000 hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Barely two years ago, men wearing cardigans were written off as FRUMPY. But two years is a long time in fashion.

(The Guardian)

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Recent reports in a British newspaper suggested that Cleopatra was fat and FRUMPY, with a large hooked nose, bad teeth, sharp eyes, and a thick fat-folded neck.

(BBC News)

Did you
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frumpy
adjective

- old-fashioned and unattractive (of a person or their clothes)

(Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary)

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WORD ORIGIN

Frumpy is believed to be a short form of frumple, meaning to wrinkle or crumple. Frumple in turn may stem from the Middle Dutch verrompelen, meaning to completely (ver-) rumple (rompelen). Rumple means to wrinkle or fold something into creases. The noun frump refers to a shabby, unstylish woman.

As the saying goes, "frumpy" is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, everyone has their own view of what frumpy is. But a few universal examples may help illustrate the sense of this adjective:

- Your 2nd grade primary school teacher

- Your college chemistry professor

- Both grandmothers

- Miss Marple and Mr. Bean

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SYNONYMS

badly dressed, baggy, blowsy, dingy, dowdy, drab, dull, frumpish, homely, old-fashioned, outdated, plain, poorly dressed, scrubby, shabby, sloppy, stodgy, unfashionable, unkempt, unstylish

(Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus)

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ANTONYMS

chic, classy, fashionable, sharp, smart, stylish

(Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus)

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SMUGGLE OWAD into today's conversation

"I guess it's time to update my wardrobe. I'm looking a bit frumpy these days."

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