Definition of oomph in English:


(also umph)


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

    ‘he showed entrepreneurial oomph’
    • ‘Then real actresses could return to movie screens so audiences could have what they crave - good old sexual oomph.’
    • ‘But a row that was once as passionate as it was petty seems to have lost its oomph.’
    • ‘However, once the rehearsals started, my umph quickly fizzled.’
    • ‘It was a novelty to not have a front seat, but the car had lost all of its umph.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in fifth gear it simply didn't have enough oomph to overcome gravity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new one lacks the in your face tongue in cheek oomph.’
    • ‘For maximum oomph, lift two-inch sections of hair and spray at the roots.’
    • ‘It's great to have such lofty goals, girl, but it'll take some extra oomph.’
    • ‘If you've decided you want to add a little, um, oomph, please, don't overdo it.’
    • ‘Thicker padding gives extra oomph while the underwire supports and lifts.’
    • ‘There's also enough oomph in them to push the water up roof overhangs and second-story windows.’
    • ‘I won't be buying one; it looks the part but there's no oomph.’
    • ‘Sounds prestigious, even if it's a friendly between teams who are not best known for over-exertion when there's no competitive oomph.’
    • ‘They had a big choir, which delivered bags of much-needed umph to the performance of Vierne's Messe Solennelle.’
    • ‘The Students were driving me mad with their lack of umph and not being able to take control of situations.’
    • ‘In this spirit, he decided long ago to place his oomph behind a world-class park.’
    • ‘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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1930s: perhaps imitative.