\ 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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His enthusiastic fist-pump after the play added oomph to an atmosphere that needed it. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Willson Contreras' huge day exposes big-as-ever gap between Cubs and White Sox," 11 May 2018 Some companies even sell clothes that have been treated with an insecticide for some extra anti-tick oomph. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 How were engineers able to extract the extra oomph? Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Mazda MX-5 gets 26-hp boost," 23 June 2018 One can’t help but think of Amy Winehouse and Feist when listening to lead vocalist Rachael Price, with her mix of retro belting oomph and balance of cool restraint. John Adamian, courant.com, "Lake Street Dive To Perform At College Street," 28 Apr. 2018 Always Sharp Waterproof Eyeliner in Penny Lane to give lashes some serious oomph. Lauren Hubbard, Teen Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From EXO-CBX Blooming Day Music Video," 10 Apr. 2018 That movie, like a prudent judge, kindly allotted an equal share of emotional oomph to each parent. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Borderland Brutality of “Sicario 2: Soldado”," 9 July 2017 Parmesan or even a pinch of nutritional yeast adds extra oomph. Sara Franklin, charlotteobserver, "No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party," 19 June 2018 But if MacMillan’s ballet is to endure, all its dramatic relationships need more continuity and oomph than are currently in evidence at Ballet Theater. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "4 Buzzy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Debuts, 1 Fainthearted Production," 15 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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