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vamp1

[vamp] /væmp/
noun
1.
the portion of a shoe or boot upper that covers the instep and toes.
2.
something patched up or pieced together.
3.
Jazz. an accompaniment, usually improvised, consisting of a succession of simple chords.
verb (used with object)
4.
to furnish with a vamp, especially to repair (a shoe or boot) with a new vamp.
5.
to patch up; repair.
6.
to give (something) a new appearance by adding a patch or piece.
7.
to concoct or invent (often followed by up):
He vamped up a few ugly rumors to discredit his enemies.
8.
Jazz. to improvise (an accompaniment or the like).
verb (used without object)
9.
Jazz. to improvise an accompaniment, tune, etc.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English vampe < Anglo-French; Middle French avant-pie, equivalent to avant- fore- (see avaunt) + pie foot (French pied; see -ped)
Related forms
vamper, noun
vampish, adjective

vamp2

[vamp] /væmp/
noun
1.
a seductive woman who uses her sensuality to exploit men.
verb (used with object)
2.
to use feminine charms upon; seduce.
verb (used without object)
3.
to act as a vamp.
Origin
1905-10; short for vampire
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Examples from the web for vamp
  • Set to a soundtrack that swerves from punk to hip-hop to disco to silence, a dozen dancers vamp and pose and gyrate.
  • For added comfort, there's a full terry loop leg and a non-terry vamp to eliminate bulk at the ankle.
  • Her character is neither a simple ingenue nor a vamp.
  • And then it turns out his vamp brother wants her too.
British Dictionary definitions for vamp

vamp1

/væmp/
noun
1.
a seductive woman who exploits men by use of her sexual charms
verb
2.
to exploit (a man) in the fashion of a vamp
Derived Forms
vamper, noun
vampish, adjective
Word Origin
C20: short for vampire

vamp2

/væmp/
noun
1.
something patched up to make it look new
2.
the reworking of a theme, story, etc
3.
an improvised accompaniment, consisting largely of chords
4.
the front part of the upper of a shoe
verb
5.
(transitive) often foll by up. to give a vamp to; make a renovation of
6.
to improvise (an accompaniment) to (a tune)
Derived Forms
vamper, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French avantpié the front part of a shoe (hence, something patched), from avant- fore- + pié foot, from Latin pēs
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Word Origin and History for vamp
v.

"extemporize on a piano," 1789, originally a noun meaning "part of a stocking that covers the foot and ankle" (early 13c.), from Anglo-French *vaumpé, from Old French avantpié, from avant "in front" + pié "foot." Sense evolved to "provide a stocking with a new vamp" (1590s), to "patch up, repair" (cf. revamp) to "extemporize." Related: Vamped; vamping.

n.

"seductive woman," 1911, short for vampire. First attested use is earlier than the release of the Fox film "A Fool There Was" (January 1915), with sultry Theda Bara in the role of The Vampire. But the movie was based on a play of that name that had been a Broadway hit (title and concept from a Kipling poem, "The Vampire"), and the word may ultimately trace to Bara's role. At any rate, Bara (real name Theodosia Goodman) remains the classic vamp.

A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care)
But the fool, he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I.)

[Kipling, "The Vampire"]

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Slang definitions & phrases for vamp

vamp

verb

To improvise, esp an accompaniment; play casually and extemporaneously; fake, shuck

[1789+ Musicians; probably fr 1500s vamp, ''provide with a new (shoe) vamp, renovate,'' ultimately fr conjectured Anglo-French vampe´ fr Old French avant-pie´, ''footsock''; a refooted sock or a revamped shoe were felt to be in a way false, or improvised, hence the sense of ''fake'']


vamp

noun

A seductive, sexually aggressive woman; a temptress: The flirt had become the ''baby vamp'' (1911+)

verb

: I haven't tried to vamp Sam (1904+)

[fr vampire, and esp fr the 1914 movie A Fool There Was, in which Theda Bara played a seductive woman, the title and concept coming fr Rudyard Kipling's poem ''The Vampire'']


vamp

noun

A volunteer firefighter

[1877+; origin unknown; said to be fr Voluntary Association of Master Pumpers]


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Related Abbreviations for vamp

vamp

vampire
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