One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A short person.‘he slept on a bed that was made for an Oompa Loompa’‘he's an Oompa Loompa compared to the rest of the players’
- 1.1 A person whose skin has an orange appearance, typically because they are very suntanned.‘pale girls look so much prettier than those over-tanned Oompa Loompas’as modifier ‘although I wasn't Oompa Loompa orange, it still isn't a natural bronze’
- 1.1 A person whose skin has an orange appearance, typically because they are very suntanned.
From the Oompa Loompas, a group of diminutive factory workers, in Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964). Described as having black skin in the original novel, in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory they were depicted with orange skin.
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