vamp


1vamp

noun

Definition of VAMP

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
[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

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with VAMP

2vamp

verb \ˈvamp\

Definition of VAMP

transitive verb
1
a :  to provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
b :  to piece (something old) with a new part :  patch <vamp up old sermons>
2
:  invent, fabricate <vamp up an excuse>
intransitive verb
1
:  to play a musical vamp
2
vamp·er noun

First Known Use of VAMP

1599

3vamp

noun

Definition of VAMP

:  a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men
vamp·ish \ˈvam-pish\ adjective

Origin of VAMP

short for vampire
First Known Use: circa 1911

4vamp

verb

Definition of VAMP

transitive verb
:  to practice seductive wiles on
intransitive verb
:  to act like a vamp <vamping for the camera>

First Known Use of VAMP

circa 1915

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