[ oom-pah, oo m- ]
/ ˈum pɑ, ˈʊm- /


a repetitious bass accompaniment in music typically provided by brasses.


marked by an oompah: oompah band.


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Also oom·pah-pah [oom-pah-pah, oo m-] /ˈum pɑˌpɑ, ˈʊm-/.

Origin of oompah

First recorded in 1875–80; imitative

Words nearby oompah

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British Dictionary definitions for oompah

/ (ˈuːmˌpɑː) /


a representation of the sound made by a deep brass instrument, esp in military band music
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