\ ˈvam-pē \
vampier; vampiest

Definition of vampy 

: of or relating to a vamp : vampish also : risqué a vampy minidress

Examples of vampy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

On her second cover, Kylie brought a fun twist to a dark, vampy look by wearing cute bunny ears with an absolutely perf fishtail braid! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner On Constantly Being Judged: "There's A Whole Other Side Of Me That People Don't See"," 2 Mar. 2015 Clooney's beauty look maintained the vampy spirit of red lace with loose, cascading dark waves and a bold red lip offset with subtle pink blush and dark brows. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Steps Out in A Killer Going-Out Top," 17 Apr. 2018 Whether she's wrapped up in layers of vampy leather or wearing nothing but a sequined unitard, Bella knows how to make heads turn on the red carpet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is Clearly Here to Slay at the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 The pop star traded in her turquoise locks for a hot pink hue, she's already gone on a selfie streak to show off her new hue—accessorizing her fuchsia mane with tartan headwraps, bowler hats, and vampy plum lipstick. Caitlin Petreycik, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Goes Pink! Which Hair Color Is Your Favorite?," 24 Jan. 2014 The base lipstick shade is a dark, vampy shade of Rouge Allure in Rouge Noir 109 (unfortunately sold out, but this Cassis is similar), patted and mixed with the burgundy section of a cheek palette (Chanel Palette Essential in 160 Beige Medium). Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best Dark Lipstick for Pale Girls," 12 Jan. 2018 Step 2: Add a vampy mauve shade around the outer corners of your lids for a bit of ~drama~. Step 3: Use a pearly hue to highlight your cheekbones, forehead, nose, cupid's bow, and chin. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 20 Oct. 2017 While the resulting photo with just Mason, North, Penelope, and baby Reign is way too cute to complain about, what exactly was wrong with a vampy family card? Melissa Minton, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Reveals This "Goth" Look From 2015 Was Almost the Family's Christmas Card," 20 Feb. 2018 Its trippy visual consisted of vampy women, neon panoramas and hallucinogenic references. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar's 20 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 5 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vampy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vampy

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vampy

vamp entry 1 + -y entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vampy

Dictionary Entries near vampy



vamp trap





Statistics for vampy

Last Updated

24 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vampy

The first known use of vampy was in 1949

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on vampy

See words that rhyme with vampy

Comments on vampy

What made you want to look up vampy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characteristic trappings or dress

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!