from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To patch up or restore; renovate.
  • transitive verb To revise or reconstruct (a manuscript, for example).
  • transitive verb To vamp (a shoe) anew.
  • noun The act or an instance of revamping; a complete reorganization or revision.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To vamp, mend, or patch up again; rehabilitate; reconstruct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To vamp again; hence, to patch up; to reconstruct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To renovate, revise, improve or renew; to patch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
  • verb to patch up or renovate; repair or restore


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From re- +‎ vamp (in the sense of applying a vamp to).


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word revamp.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Today I found myself writing in an email:

    "I can't see what there is to revamp. There was bugger all vamp in the first place."

    April 25, 2016

  • My point being that it kind of works because no-one knows what a vamp is. Me included!

    April 25, 2016