Definition of va-va-voom in US English:



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

    ‘she's lost none of her va-va-voom since giving birth to her daughter’
    • ‘Dolce & Gabbana are the people to go to for curve-hugging va-va-voom.’
    • ‘I know it's a predominantly French characteristic, but the Germans are showing a bit more va-va-voom in this half.’
    • ‘In common with many Scots, Fraser has little faith in the Executive's va-va-voom, and sees a failure of leadership in its approach to many of the big issues facing the country post - devolution.’
    • ‘Even a simple game of Tetris has a bit more va-va-voom in full colour.’
    • ‘Alexander McQueen leather boots with 80 mm heels will give any outfit va-va-voom, while Yves Saint Laurent boots are pricey, at £575, but worth every penny.’
    • ‘Tim Sherwood today backed Tugay to put the va-va-voom back into Blackburn Rovers' season.’
    • ‘There was no doubting the style from the Minstermen, especially in the first half, but the substance was missing and after the brightest of openings there was no va-va-voom, no oomph, no spark.’
    • ‘And for full-on red carpet va-va-voom, the big-budget Sin City, from the golden triumvirate of Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, should be hard to beat.’
    • ‘And it's also a way of injecting a bit of verve and va-va-voom into a long-time staid art scene.’
    • ‘Presenter Catherine Zeta-Jones also looked smoking hot and defined va-va-voom in her form-fitting, red, beaded, Versace gown complemented by her feminine, flowing, raven hair.’


  • Sexually attractive.

    ‘her va-va-voom figure’
    • ‘Far from being depressed, I've relished my new body and been delighted to flirt with my new va-va-voom curves and cleavage (the more so as I know they won't last).’
    • ‘But perhaps not every day can be a va-va-voom day.’
    • ‘Then, there were the va-va-voom designer fashions from Tootsies shown in a dazzling runway display.’
    • ‘She's wearing her own label, Lamb - va-va-voom sweater, jeans that look sewn on - with a bare face and wet hair.’
    • ‘Kirstie, 53, who rose to fame and fortune with her role as the feisty Rebecca Howe on the hit '80s sitcom Cheers, has gone from va-va-voom voluptuous to formidably fat.’
    • ‘She's this tiny little freckled Irish Catholic thing, with a va-va-voom bod and auburn hair in a short, cute pageboy bob, green eyes, a button nose, and a perfect little mouth.’
    • ‘I mean how could people possibly think I'm so va-va-voom, hen, when I've got PMS pimples, a chubby tummy and an undying desire to wear gaudy vintage dresses?’


1950s (originally US): representing the sound of a car engine being revved.



/ˌvä vä ˈvo͞om/