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vamp

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noun \ˈvamp\

Definition of vamp

  1. 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. 2 [derivative of 2vamp] :  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


First Known Use: 14th century


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vamp

verb

Definition of vamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide (a shoe) with a new vampb :  to piece (something old) with a new part :  patch vamp up old sermons

  3. 2 :  invent, fabricate vamp up an excuse

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to play a musical vamp

  6. 2 :  improvise, extemporize

vamper

noun

1599

First Known Use of vamp

1599


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vamp

noun

Definition of vamp

  1. :  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


First Known Use: circa 1911


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vamp

verb

Definition of vamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to practice seductive wiles on

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act like a vamp vamping for the camera

Circa 1915

First Known Use of vamp

circa 1915


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