vamp

1
[ vamp ]
/ væmp /
|

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Jazz. to improvise an accompaniment, tune, etc.

Nearby words

  1. valéry,
  2. valéry, paul,
  3. vambrace,
  4. vamoose,
  5. vamose,
  6. vamphorn,
  7. vampire,
  8. vampire bat,
  9. vampires,
  10. vampiric

Origin of vamp

1
1175–1225; Middle English vampe < Anglo-French; Middle French avant-pie, equivalent to avant- fore- (see avaunt) + pie foot (French pied; see -ped)

Related formsvamp·er, nounvamp·ish, adjective

vamp

2
[ 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

2
First recorded in 1905–10; short for vampire

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British Dictionary definitions for vamped

vamp

1
/ (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 Formsvamper, nounvampish, adjective

Word Origin for vamp

C20: short for vampire

vamp

2
/ (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 Formsvamper, 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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Word Origin and History for vamped
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