Definition of oompah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈo͞omˌpä/
Pronunciation: /ˈo͝omˌpä/
(also oompah-pah) informal


Used to refer to the rhythmical sound of deep-toned brass instruments in a band.
Example sentences
  • 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)

[no object]
Make an ‘oompah’.
Example sentences
  • At first it sounds like a silly song; it oompahs along like a jittery ‘Li'l Rascals’ tune, but modern ears don't easily hear everything that's going on.


Late 19th century: imitative.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: oom·pah

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