: personal charm or magnetism : glamour

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 Scorsese couldn't resist doing a bit of directing, instructing Francesca to inject more oomph into her delivery. EW.com, 21 May 2024 Our tester said that this product added an extra oomph to her look, leaving her fine, straight hair looking voluminous and smooth without any extra weight. Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oomph 

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Word History


imitative of a sound made under exertion

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oomph was in 1930

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“Oomph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oomph. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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