\ ˈu̇m(p)f \

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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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 For the ultimate color oomph, pick a single area of your makeup look to saturate with a poppy hue. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 The super dark roots anchor this dye job, which has shades of medium and light brown throughout, as well as touches of golden blonde for extra oomph. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 The first version of this rocket, Block 1, can put 70 tons into low Earth orbit, and its Interim Cryogenic Propulsion upper stage has enough oomph to reach Jupiter in about three years. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The billion-dollar question: How does the Clipper mission get to Europa?," 16 Apr. 2018 Women will have to roll up their sleeves and keep walking it, but wearing an unexpected, energizingly expressive suit may just provide that extra oomph to keep going. Hayley Phelan, WSJ, "The Rebellious New Power Suit for Women," 30 Aug. 2018 Their tricks? Minimal dresses with maximal oomph to end the couture week, as worn by Naomi Watts (in Rochas) and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda (in Dundas). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 16, 2018," 16 July 2018 On a night the Royals needed oomph to avoid a season-high 11 consecutive losses, Mondesi drove in a career-high four runs to guide the Royals to a 9-4 victory over the Twins. Maria Torres, kansascity, "‘Fun-to-watch’ Mondesi continues to progress as Royals snap losing streak, beat Twins," 10 July 2018 Live, their brawny, hooky songs get even more oomph thanks to their long-hewn chemistry and Paternoster’s fearless presence. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 28 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of oomph

: a quality that makes something attractive or appealing

: power or energy

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