vamp

A vamp is an attractive, dangerously flirtatious woman. A vamp in an old movie might wear tight clothes and bright red lipstick.

The noun vamp is somewhat old fashioned, implying a woman who uses her charisma and beauty to charm men into doing what she wants them to do. You can also use it as a verb, meaning to tease or flirt, especially in a showy and manipulative way. The word came into use in the early 1900's, from vampire. Some experts connect the first use of vamp with the role of "The Vampire" in the 1915 movie "A Fool There Was."

Primary Meanings of vamp

1.
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piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoe
piece (something old) with a new part
2.
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a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
act seductively with (someone)
3.
n
an improvised musical accompaniment
4.
v
make up
Full Definitions of vamp
1

n piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoe

Type of:
piece of leather
a separate part consisting of leather

v piece (something old) with a new part

vamp up an old speech”
Synonyms:
vamp up
Type of:
patch, piece
to join or unite the pieces of

v provide (a shoe) with a new vamp

Synonyms:
revamp
Type of:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
2

n a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Synonyms:
coquette, flirt, minx, tease, vamper
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

v act seductively with (someone)

Type of:
butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
3

n an improvised musical accompaniment

Type of:
accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment, support
a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
4

v make up

vamp up an excuse for not attending the meeting”
Synonyms:
vamp up
Type of:
cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
make up something artificial or untrue

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