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vamp

noun \ ˈvamp \

Definition of vamp

: a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men

vampish

play \ˈvam-pish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of vamp

short for vampire


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vamp

verb

Definition of vamp

: to practice seductive wiles on
: to act like a vamp
  • vamping for the camera

First Known Use of vamp

circa 1915

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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vamp

noun

Definition of vamp

1 : the part of a shoe upper or boot upper covering especially the forepart of the foot and sometimes also extending forward over the toe or backward to the back seam of the upper
2
[derivative of 4vamp]
: a short introductory musical passage often repeated several times (as in vaudeville) before a solo or between verses

Origin and Etymology of vamp

Middle English vampe, vaumpe "covering for the foot, upper of a shoe," borrowed from Anglo-French, probably truncated from *vampé, reduced form of avanpié, from avant- "fore-" + pié "foot," going back to Latin ped-, pēs — more at vanguard, 1foot


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vamp

verb

Definition of vamp

1 a : to provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
b : to piece (something old) with a new part : patch
  • vamp up old sermons
2 : invent, fabricate
  • vamp up an excuse
1 : to play a musical vamp

vamper

noun

First Known Use of vamp

1599

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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