- energy; vitality; enthusiasm.
- sex appeal.
Origin of oomph
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; imitative of the sound made during exertion, as in lifting a heavy object
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Examples from the Web for oomph
Any good Baby Boom boy my age can testify that the oomph went out of American family car design in 1963.P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness
P. J. O’Rourke
January 24, 2014
All the oomph in the U.S. economy was delivered by the top 10% of households.How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016
October 25, 2013
- enthusiasm, vigour, or energy
- sex appeal
C20: perhaps imitative of the bellow of a mating bull
Word Origin and History for oomph
"sexual attractiveness," 1937, suggestive visceral physical sound. Ann Sheridan (1915–1967) was the original Hollywood oomph girl (1939).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper