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Definition of oomph

1 : personal charm or magnetism : glamour

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Examples of oomph in a Sentence

The plot of the story lacks oomph. The truck doesn't have the oomph to haul the boat.
Recent Examples on the Web Nashville, lacking oomph on the roster and shedding other veterans (Ryan Ellis, Viktor Arvidsson), might think about flipping the 27-year-old scorer for exciting prospects and young NHLers who have yet to peak. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 This Syrah is one of his more delicate specimens but still has plenty of oomph and intensity. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 E-Legend says that this is enough oomph for the EL1 to zip to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, to 124 hp in less than 10 seconds, and on to a top speed of 158 mph. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 June 2021 The film strains to copy the structure of Fast Five but lacks that film’s emotional oomph and underdog status. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Beats is known for its bass-centric sound, and there's ample oomph with these buds. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 The remaining key ingredient for extra oomph and to truly set this recipe over the top: MSG. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Defenses will be mounted either way, but fighters who have to scramble from one location to another will probably lose speed and oomph. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 New Blood gives everyone a chance to conclude things with a little more oomph. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 25 July 2021

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First Known Use of oomph

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oomph

imitative of a sound made under exertion

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19 Sep 2021

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“Oomph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oomph. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oomph

: a quality that makes something attractive or appealing
: power or energy


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