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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.

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Use them to flavor pork or chicken, to add some floral oomph to your dressing and to add sweetness to a fig tart. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Oysters, fish and vampire mosquitoes," 26 June 2019 Rose Quartz is great to protect the heart and Amethyst is wonderful for healing the mind (both crystals can add extra oomph to bath time cleansing and can be charged in water). Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Use Magic to Banish Energy Vampires," 28 May 2019 Purple is also wonderful for adding oomph to creative projects and is associated with royalty. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 There have to be ways to infuse more narrative oomph into a cliffhanger story that has some two dozen people auditioning for a job, 10 of whom came face to face in this round. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "The opening night of Campaign 2020 kind of laid an egg," 27 June 2019 OneDrive does have standard security in place for all users even without the extra oomph of Personal Vault, such as file encryption both in Microsoft Cloud servers and in transit to your device. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options," 25 June 2019 Balancing the books If the universe really is expanding faster than thought, then some kind of new physics would have to provide the extra oomph. National Geographic, "The universe seems to be expanding faster than all expectations," 25 Apr. 2019 These all-rubber swim fins are flexible enough to boost maneuverability underwater, but the vertical spines on their outside edges help stabilize the blade—giving you more oomph out of each kick. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Cool Underwater Gear for the Smartphone Photographer," 24 June 2019 Photo: Nico Schinco for The Wall Street Journal Robusta beans give Italian espresso its oomph. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019

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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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a period when something is suspended

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