American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The upper part of a boot or shoe covering the instep and sometimes extending over the toe.
- n. Something patched up or refurbished.
- n. Something rehashed, as a book based on old material.
- n. Music An improvised accompaniment.
- v. To provide (a shoe) with a new vamp.
- v. To patch up (something old); refurbish.
- v. To put together; fabricate or improvise: With no hard news available about the summit meeting, the reporters vamped up questions based only on rumor.
- v. Music To improvise (an accompaniment, for example) for a solo.
- v. Music To improvise simple accompaniment or variation of a tune.
- n. A woman who uses her sex appeal to entrap and exploit men.
- v. To seduce or exploit (someone) in the manner of a vamp.
- v. To play the part of a vamp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the upper leather of a boot or shoe which is in front of the seam at the ankle. See cut under boot.
- n. Any piece or patch intended to give an old thing a new appearance; a piece added for appearance' sake. See the verb.
- n. A protection formerly worn for the ankle and leg, and perhaps for the foot also. It seems to have been in most cases a sort of gaiter or spatterdash.
- n. In music, an improvised accompaniment.
- To furnish with a new vamp or upper leather, as a shoe or boot.
- To repair; furbish up; give an appearance of newness to.
- In music, to improvise an accompaniment to.
- To improvise musical accompaniments.
- To travel; proceed; move forward.
- n. Something added to give an old thing a new appearance; a patch.
- n. Something patched up, pieced together, improvised, or refurbished.
- n. An activity or speech intended to fill time or stall.
- n. A volunteer fire fighter.
- v. shoemaking To attach a vamp.
- v. To walk.
- v. To patch, repair, or refurbish.
- v. to put together, improvise, or fabricate.
- v. music To perform a vamp; to perform a repeated, often improvised accompaniment, e.g. under dialogue or awaiting the readiness of a soloist.
- v. To stall or delay, as for an audience.
- v. transitive To seduce or exploit someone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To advance; to travel.
- n. The part of a boot or shoe above the sole and welt, and in front of the ankle seam; an upper.
- n. Any piece added to an old thing to give it a new appearance. See Vamp, v. t.
- n. (Music) A usually improvized Jazz accompaniment, consisting of simple chords in sucession.
- n. A woman who seduces men with her charm and wiles, in order to exploit them.
- v. To provide, as a shoe, with new upper leather; hence, to to piece, as any old thing, with a new part; to repair; to patch; -- often followed by up.
- v. To create with little skill; to concoct; to invent; -- usually with up.
- v. To seduce (a man) sexually for purpose of exploitation.
- n. an improvised musical accompaniment
- v. act seductively with (someone)
- v. make up
- v. provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
- v. piece (something old) with a new part
- n. piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoe
- n. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
- Short for vampire. From a character type developed first for silent film, notably for Theda Bara's role in the 1915 film A Fool There Was. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vampe, sock, from Old French avanpie : avaunt, before; see vanguard + pie, foot (from Latin pēs; see ped- in Indo-European roots).Short for vampire. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The power-hungry vamp is on a quest to get back the now-missing moonstone that her werewolf lover Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney) had obtained for her.”
“Like even the ugliest vamp is better looking than most humans.”
“If you're interested in vamp fiction, you may want to enter too.”
“The main vamp, do not know his name, came of as a lame.”
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“If you keep following me like this a vamp is going to kill your ass or turn you.”
“She was got up to the best of her ability as a siren, more popularly a "vamp" -- a picker up and thrower away of men, an unscrupulous and fundamentally unmoved toyer with affections.”
“Drummer Joe Morello's outro solo on the vamp is a masterpiece of understatement that illustrates the shadings of the time signature rather than pounding it into the ground.”
“The vamp is a Dramatic with an image of herself as a slinky, seductive siren.”
“What caught my eye was a slight splitting of the leather in that part of the upper known as the vamp, a splitting at the point where the two laced parts of the shoe rise from the upper.”
“But this was also the jazz age: the era of the "flapper", the "It-girl" (Clara Bow) and the "vamp" - first incarnated by Theda Bara, whose image as a mysterious, sexually self-confident femme fatale was carefully cultivated by Fox.”
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