[oo mf]

noun Informal.

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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Historical Examples of oomph

  • About the only remarks that could be elicited from the "little yaller man" were a reluctant "oomph" or "oomph-uh."

British Dictionary definitions for oomph


noun informal

enthusiasm, vigour, or energy
sex appeal

Word Origin for oomph

C20: perhaps imitative of the bellow of a mating bull
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Word Origin and History for oomph

"sexual attractiveness," 1937, suggestive visceral physical sound. Ann Sheridan (1915–1967) was the original Hollywood oomph girl (1939).

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