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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 When added to a dish during cooking, the little fillets basically dissolve, leaving behind a nice, non-fishy oomph. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Staff picks: 8 condiments we swear by and how to use them," 4 Sep. 2020 Saatva also offers two other versions of this topper, one made from latex that is highly durable, though more expensive, and a budget version, which has a 1.5-inch layer of foam—perfect for adding just a bit more oomph. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Mattress Toppers to Save Your Back and Your Bed," 3 Sep. 2020 The clusters have a higher skin-to-juice ratio, meaning there’s more color and tannin from those skins to infuse into the juice, resulting in a wine with more oomph. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Petite Sirah, one of California’s most maligned wines, gets a lighter, better makeover," 1 Sep. 2020 Slipping into my natural or black rope sandals added a little extra oomph to my otherwise unconsidered outfits. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Under-$100 Vacation Sandals Bringing Me Joy This Month," 24 Aug. 2020 That will keep Bryant off the field in his first year as Pharaoh Brown and Stephen Carlson both bring more oomph. cleveland, "What to expect from the Browns 2020 rookies: reviewing the film," 13 Aug. 2020 Like many other restaurants, Big Shake’s has reallocated oomph towards takeout, delivery and takeout. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Hot chicken restaurant opening new Huntsville location," 21 Aug. 2020 The warm wood and oval back in ivory upholstery are an instant signifier of good taste, and the florettes on the bottom of each leg provide that little extra oomph. CNN Underscored, "Your dining room gets its due with this special collection from The Home Depot," 10 Aug. 2020 Still, getting enough oomph for passing and zooming up small ridges remains a great MX-5 feature, and that makes up for any dawdling at the stoplight. cleveland, "2020 Mazda MX-5 RF still means a lot of fun and some summer sun," 8 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of oomph was in 1935

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18 Sep 2020

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“Oomph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oomph. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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

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