Lois Miller was not a vamp by choice but by force of circumstances.
To “vamp” is equal, in musical language, to 34“scamp” or to dodge up.
Measure five inches above the knee down to the vamp of the shoe for the length of the front part of the legging.
I gathered I had been guilty of falling for the Zerv equivalent of a vamp.
But she was just as far from being a "vamp," or even a sort of up-to-date Becky Sharp.
Turn and work across top of vamp with a double in each stitch.
He sat down to vamp an odd accompaniment indifferently, but Marie was not listening for the accompaniment.
Or did Mrs. Hill vamp you and make roast meat of your heart with her eyes?
The vamp was a girl, tiny, so short I thought she was really young, but she must have been 17 or 18 from her face and the smile.
Who wants to pick up with anyone they can vamp in the Subway?
"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.
"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"]
[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'']
A seductive, sexually aggressive woman; a temptress: The flirt had become the ''baby vamp'' (1911+)
: 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'']
A volunteer firefighter
[1877+; origin unknown; said to be fr Voluntary Association of Master Pumpers]