Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who vamps; one who creates or repairs by piecing old things together; a cobbler.
  • v. To swagger; to make an ostentatious show.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who vamps; one who pieces an old thing with something new; a cobbler.
  • n. Same as 2nd vamp, n.
  • intransitive v. To swagger; to make an ostentatious show.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who vamps; a cobbler; one who pieces an old thing with something new.
  • n. One who improvises musical accompaniments. [Colloq.]
  • To make an ostentatious appearance.

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

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

Etymologies

vamp +‎ -er (Wiktionary)
Compare vaunt. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Illustration: A DELICATE TYPE OF BEAUTY -- At work in a Lynn shoe factory] [Illustration: ONE OF THE SWELLS OF THE FACTORY: A very expert "vamper," an Irish girl, earning from $10 to $14 a week]

    The Woman Who Toils Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls

  • One of the swells of the factory: a very expert "vamper," an Irish girl, earning from $10 to $14 a week, 172

    The Woman Who Toils Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls

  • Here, the clothesman, the shoe – vamper, and the rag – merchant, display their goods, as sign – boards to the petty thief; here, stores of old iron and bones, and heaps of mildewy fragments of woollen – stuff and linen, rust and rot in the grimy cellars.

    Oliver Twist

  • A vamper I was not, but if any help was wanted there was hope.

    The Woman Who Toils Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls

  • Here, the clothesman, the shoe-vamper, and the rag-merchant, display their goods, as sign-boards to the petty thief; here, stores of old iron and bones, and heaps of mildewy fragments of woollen-stuff and linen, rust and rot in the grimy cellars.

    Oliver Twist

  • Or if a composer of sacred Dramas on classic models, or a translator of an old Latin author (that will hardly bear translation) or a vamper-up of vapid cantos and Odes set to music, were to turn pander to prescription and palliater of every dull, incorrigible abuse, it would not be much to be wondered at or even regretted.

    The Spirit of the Age Contemporary Portraits

  • How come the Crystal's brother - the dude in HotShot high on "vamper juice" - could shoot his Uncle Daddy but not Jason?

    Jalopnik

  • Becket, or any creditable bookseller, who was either leaving off business, and wanted a post-chaise — or who was beginning it — and wanted my remarks, and two or three guineas along with them — I could have borne it — but to a chaise-vamper! — shew me to him this moment,

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • When we arrived at the chaise-vamper’s house, both the house and the shop were shut up; it was the eighth of September, the nativity of the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God — — Tantarra-ra-tan-tivi — the whole world was gone out a

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • When the first transport was over, and the registers of the brain were beginning to get a little out of the confusion into which this jumble of cross accidents had cast them — it then presently occurr’d to me, that I had left my remarks in the pocket of the chaise — and that in selling my chaise, I had sold my remarks along with it, to the chaise-vamper.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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