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vamp

noun

Definition of vamp

  1. 1 :  the part of a shoe upper or boot upper covering especially the forepart of the foot and sometimes also extending forward over the toe or backward to the back seam of the upper

  2. 2 [1vamp] :  a short introductory musical passage often repeated several times (as in vaudeville) before a solo or between verses



Origin of vamp

Middle English vampe part of a hose leg or shoe covering the forefoot, vamp, from Anglo-French, alteration of avanpié, from avant- fore- + pié foot, from Latin ped-, pes — more at vanguard, foot


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with vamp


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vamp

verb \ˈvamp\

Definition of vamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to provide (a shoe) with a new vamp b :  to piece (something old) with a new part :  patch <vamp up old sermons>

  3. 2 :  invent, fabricate <vamp up an excuse>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to play a musical vamp

  6. 2 :  improvise, extemporize

vamp·er noun


1599

First Known Use of vamp

1599


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vamp

noun

Definition of vamp

  1. :  a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men

vamp·ish play \ˈvam-pish\ adjective


Origin of vamp

short for vampire


First Known Use: circa 1911


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vamp

verb

Definition of vamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to practice seductive wiles on

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act like a vamp <vamping for the camera>



Circa 1915

First Known Use of vamp

circa 1915


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