oomph

noun
\ ˈu̇m(p)f How to pronounce oomph (audio) \

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.

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Nor does Gilbert offer a conventionally satisfying resolution: Vivian’s arrival at a self-knowing self-sufficiency doesn’t have quite the oomph of a heroine throwing herself under a train. David Gates, New York Times, "Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘City of Girls’ Delivers a Love- and Booze-Filled Romp Through 1940s New York," 1 June 2019 Especially during hot, humid days, a sleek blowout just won’t hold up, while voluminous twists seem only to get better in warm climates (especially after a day at the beach, where salt from the ocean gives it that extra oomph). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Makes the Case for Bouncy Pageant Curls," 28 May 2019 Square, rectangular, or bolster, patterned or plain, decorative pillows add extra oomph to your bed. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Professional Set Stylist Makes the Perfect Bed," 21 Feb. 2019 The leather biker jacket is a sleek wardrobe mainstay that never fails to give an outfit that extra oomph. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lily-Rose Depp Has the French Girl Alternative to the Classic Biker Jacket," 18 Jan. 2019 Those may work for the most audio-conscious among us, but others may fair better with their current Echo speaker plus a bit more oomph from the $129 Echo Sub. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 Thinning brows can benefit from the extra oomph of shading. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Microblading, Microshading, and Microfeathering: What's the Difference?," 23 Dec. 2018 Though Intel charges a $5 premium for the $173 Core i3-9350KF over the $168 Core i3-8350K, that extra bit of processor oomph may be worth it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's new 'F-series' Core chips lack an integrated GPU, and probably aren't worth your money," 14 Jan. 2019 At the Goose, Earnhardt whips cane syrup with soft unsalted butter for extra oomph on her Sweet Blonde biscuit sandwich (country ham, extra-sharp cheddar, over-easy egg). Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Cane syrup, a Southern staple, makes its way to Seattle just in time for prime pecan-pie season," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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oomph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oomph

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

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