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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Plus offers a little bit of extra oomph compared to the standard Fire 8 tablet, with an extra GB of RAM plus the option of wireless charging. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon Fire tablet vs. iPad," 12 Mar. 2021 More important, that skin contact imbues the wine with texture and oomph, giving it depth and structure that counters the wine’s light alcohol level and screeching acidity. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "This $18 Pinot Gris is a jolt of the cool, briny Santa Cruz ocean air," 3 Mar. 2021 Many a great smoothie leans on milk or yogurt or both for creaminess and oomph. Caroline Lange, Good Housekeeping, "Try These 5 Smoothies with Almond Milk and See If You Can Taste the Difference," 16 Feb. 2021 The new soundbar has a deep and crisp bass but can also be paired with the PULSE SUB+ to give more oomph to movie soundtracks as well as music, concerts and games. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Bluesound Unveils A New Dolby Atmos Soundbar Packed With Features And Connections," 18 Mar. 2021 This will give your hair nice oomph at the roots without that telltale teased look or rattiness. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "13 Ways to Get Thicker Hair, According to Hair Care Experts," 18 Sep. 2019 That’s a lot of oomph in a 4-pound, 6-inch brace height rig. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Compound Bows for 2021," 7 Jan. 2021 The time-hopping – and plot-excising that comes with it – undercut character and relationship development, muddle the already-complex plot and take the oomph out of what could be the most bombastic scenes. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Stand' review: CBS All Access makes a somewhat entertaining mess out of Stephen King's epic," 18 Dec. 2020 Want a pair of Uggs with a little more, well, oomph? Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best Nordstrom sales this Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 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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4 Apr 2021

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“Oomph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oomph. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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