Definition of oompah in English:


Line breaks: oom¦pah
Pronunciation: /ˈuːmpɑː
(also oompah-pah)


[mass noun]
  • The rhythmical sound of deep-toned brass instruments in a band: [as modifier]: beer gardens from which oompah music thumped resoundingly
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    • She was accompanied by a band that played oompah music, on a tiny stage, with the smell of fried potatoes wafting in from the kitchen.
    • Southampton's city centre could echo to the sounds of oompah bands and smell of sizzling bratwurst and schnitzels this Christmas.
    • In Town Hall Square there will be a dramatic feel to things, with performances from Keighley Amateurs and HYT, plus music from a Bavarian oompah band.

verb (oompahs, oompahing, oompahed)

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  • Make an ‘oompah’: the military band oompahed from the terrace
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    • There's this one lone bass oompahing up and down the square, clowning around like we're some sort of marching band instead of the be-all and end-all of big parades and he slips in the elephant dung.
    • ‘Very good value,’ she oompahs, ‘very beautiful.’


late 19th century: imitative.

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