: personal charm or magnetism : glamour

Example Sentences

The plot of the story lacks oomph. The truck doesn't have the oomph to haul the boat.
Recent Examples on the Web In chinos, that fabric is rendered in cotton twill which lends some texture and some hefty oomph to the pants. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 That’s enough oomph to zip from zero-to-60 mph in just 3.7 second and to hit a top speed of 131 mph. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2022 Now Michel began to wonder whether that oomph could, in ultrarare cases, turn out to be a liability. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2022 For the San Francisco Giants, a four-game sweep over anyone in this down year is welcome, though and the fact that Mike Yastzremski is showing some oomph this final month is also a welcome development. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Sep. 2022 The same words spoken on a podcast REI made to combat unionization efforts lack the same oomph. Harry Cheadle, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 Those in search of additional oomph can opt for all-wheel drive, which adds a second motor that powers the front wheels. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 31 Oct. 2022 For extra oomph, write a spooky saying in the center of the wreath. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2022 Also back for an encore, the $6 PSL cookie is coffee-infused, adding a whole other level of oomph to this treat. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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