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vamp

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[ vamp ]
/ væmp /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Jazz. to improvise an accompaniment, tune, etc.

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Origin of vamp

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1175–1225; Middle English vampe<Anglo-French; Middle French avant-pie, equivalent to avant- fore- (see avaunt) + pie foot (French pied;see -ped)

OTHER WORDS FROM vamp

vamper, nounvampish, adjective

Definition for vamp (2 of 2)

vamp2
[ vamp ]
/ væmp /

noun

a seductive woman who uses her sensuality to exploit men.

verb (used with object)

to use feminine charms upon; seduce.

verb (used without object)

to act as a vamp.

Origin of vamp

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First recorded in 1905–10; short for vampire
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British Dictionary definitions for vamp (1 of 2)

vamp1
/ (væmp) informal /

noun

a seductive woman who exploits men by use of her sexual charms

verb

to exploit (a man) in the fashion of a vamp

Derived forms of vamp

vamper, nounvampish, adjective

Word Origin for vamp

C20: short for vampire

British Dictionary definitions for vamp (2 of 2)

vamp2
/ (væmp) /

noun

something patched up to make it look new
the reworking of a theme, story, etc
an improvised accompaniment, consisting largely of chords
the front part of the upper of a shoe

verb

(tr often foll by up) to give a vamp to; make a renovation of
to improvise (an accompaniment) to (a tune)

Derived forms of vamp

vamper, noun

Word Origin for vamp

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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