Definition of oomph in English:

oomph

(also umph)

Pronunciation: /ʊmf//uːmf/

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] The quality of being exciting, energetic, or sexually attractive.

    ‘he showed entrepreneurial oomph’
    • ‘Thicker padding gives extra oomph while the underwire supports and lifts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new one lacks the in your face tongue in cheek oomph.’
    • ‘But a row that was once as passionate as it was petty seems to have lost its 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.’
    • ‘However, once the rehearsals started, my umph quickly fizzled.’
    • ‘The Students were driving me mad with their lack of umph and not being able to take control of situations.’
    • ‘And in fifth gear it simply didn't have enough oomph to overcome gravity.’
    • ‘It was a novelty to not have a front seat, but the car had lost all of its umph.’
    • ‘Sounds prestigious, even if it's a friendly between teams who are not best known for over-exertion when there's no competitive oomph.’
    • ‘Then real actresses could return to movie screens so audiences could have what they crave - good old sexual oomph.’
    • ‘If you've decided you want to add a little, um, oomph, please, don't overdo it.’
    • ‘They had a big choir, which delivered bags of much-needed umph to the performance of Vierne's Messe Solennelle.’
    • ‘There's also enough oomph in them to push the water up roof overhangs and second-story windows.’
    • ‘In this spirit, he decided long ago to place his oomph behind a world-class park.’
    • ‘I won't be buying one; it looks the part but there's no oomph.’
    • ‘Perhaps the expectations are too high, but I wanted a little more 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

/ʊmf//uːmf/