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Definition of va-va-voom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strikingly sexy, voluptuous, or appealing quality The actress exudes va-va-voom as she walks through the Sixth Avenue doorway of the Power House Theatre.— Vicki Hillhouse He turns up the volume and the va-va-voom, throws Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey on the soundtrack when jazz bands are playing on the screen, but leaves the basic storyline untouched.— Ross Douthat Throughout history, the rich have liked to demonstrate their status by displaying luxury goods that their inferiors are unable to afford. An Old Master can add real va-va-voom to your Manhattan penthouse.The Economist



Definition of va-va-voom (Entry 2 of 2)

: strikingly sexy, voluptuous, or appealing This mascara won't clump or flake, plus it'll give you long, full, va-va-voom lashes.— Ama Kwarteng The heroine of Craft's book is Molly Shaw, a mousy … professor of women's history who secretly writes steamy piratical novels as Sandra St. Claire, and who is persuaded to adopt the va-va-voom guise of her literary alter ego in order to seduce Jake Berenger, a billionaire hotelier.— Rebecca Mead

First Known Use of va-va-voom


1962, in the meaning defined above


1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Va-va-voom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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