oomph

noun
\ ˈu̇m(p)f How to pronounce oomph (audio) \

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 The horsepower output is nothing to write home about, but bumping torque from 184 to 206 pound-feet gives the Passat plenty of oomph for jaunts around town, on-ramp acceleration and highway cruising. cleveland, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition (review)," 20 June 2020 The horsepower output is nothing to write home about, but bumping torque from 184 to 206 pound-feet gives the Passat plenty of oomph for jaunts around town, on-ramp acceleration and highway cruising. cleveland, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition (review)," 20 June 2020 Now in its third model year, Toyota's fifth generation of its bestselling RAV4 gets more electric oomph courtesy of a new plug-in hybrid variant, the 2021 RAV4 Prime. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is Quicker Than Supra 2.0," 2 July 2020 The horsepower output is nothing to write home about, but bumping torque from 184 to 206 pound-feet gives the Passat plenty of oomph for jaunts around town, on-ramp acceleration and highway cruising. cleveland, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition (review)," 20 June 2020 The horsepower output is nothing to write home about, but bumping torque from 184 to 206 pound-feet gives the Passat plenty of oomph for jaunts around town, on-ramp acceleration and highway cruising. cleveland, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition (review)," 20 June 2020 Now young enthusiasts won over by junior German oomph, agility, and aura have a sophisticated and exciting VW sedan to graduate into, because the roomy Passat has a 172-hp V-6. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX Pairs Stealth with Speed," 15 June 2020 The horsepower output is nothing to write home about, but bumping torque from 184 to 206 pound-feet gives the Passat plenty of oomph for jaunts around town, on-ramp acceleration and highway cruising. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition," 11 June 2020 More weight in the back equals more forward oomph pushing the car down the hill. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 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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1 Aug 2020

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“Oomph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oomph. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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oomph

noun
How to pronounce oomph (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of oomph

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

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