Definition of oomph in English:

oomph

(also umph)

Pronunciation /uːmf//ʊmf/

noun

mass nouninformal
  • The quality of being exciting, energetic, or sexually attractive.

    ‘he showed entrepreneurial oomph’
    • ‘Although confidence could not have been a problem, the Knights seemed to lack the drive and desire they had shown in those two previous games and, after being put on the back foot, they did not have the necessary umph to turn it round.’
    • ‘In this spirit, he decided long ago to place his oomph behind a world-class park.’
    • ‘The new one lacks the in your face tongue in cheek oomph.’
    • ‘The Students were driving me mad with their lack of umph and not being able to take control of situations.’
    • ‘Perhaps the expectations are too high, but I wanted a little more oomph.’
    • ‘And in fifth gear it simply didn't have enough oomph to overcome gravity.’
    • ‘It's great to have such lofty goals, girl, but it'll take some extra oomph.’
    • ‘For maximum oomph, lift two-inch sections of hair and spray at the roots.’
    • ‘It's nearly a year now since I started the dance series and I need some extra oomph at the moment to push it on a bit.’
    • ‘There's also enough oomph in them to push the water up roof overhangs and second-story windows.’
    • ‘Then real actresses could return to movie screens so audiences could have what they crave - good old sexual oomph.’
    • ‘They had a big choir, which delivered bags of much-needed umph to the performance of Vierne's Messe Solennelle.’
    • ‘It was a novelty to not have a front seat, but the car had lost all of its umph.’
    • ‘But a row that was once as passionate as it was petty seems to have lost its oomph.’
    • ‘If you've decided you want to add a little, um, oomph, please, don't overdo it.’
    • ‘However, once the rehearsals started, my umph quickly fizzled.’
    • ‘I won't be buying one; it looks the part but there's no oomph.’
    • ‘Thicker padding gives extra oomph while the underwire supports and lifts.’
    • ‘Sounds prestigious, even if it's a friendly between teams who are not best known for over-exertion when there's no competitive oomph.’
    flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, finesse, panache, flourish, taste
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Origin

1930s: perhaps imitative.

Pronunciation

oomph

/uːmf//ʊmf/