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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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But what really gives this salad its oomph is its dressing, a mix of brawny ground pork sautéed with lime and orange juices, fish sauce and plenty of ginger and garlic. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Tangy, Bright and So Very Light," 16 Aug. 2019 The late-season meeting point for this round, though, adds a bit more oomph than in years past. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Tough tests to come for Oakland Athletics in postseason pursuit," 13 Aug. 2019 First-round rookie Montez Sweat provides flashes of the edge-rushing oomph that has long been missing opposite unheralded star Ryan Kerrigan. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The Redskins Will Struggle With Whoever Is at QB," 16 Aug. 2019 At the Space Studies Institute’s 2018 workshop, a software engineer named Jamie Ciomperlik presented a simulation showing how vibrations in the system could masquerade as oomph. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 Put some oomph into the hike with steep-ascent side trips to Amphitheater Lake or Garnet Canyon. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Teton National Park," 29 July 2019 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

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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 make a temporary encampment

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