There are 2 definitions of vamp in English:

vamp1

Syllabification: vamp
Pronunciation: /vamp
 
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noun

1The upper front part of a boot or shoe.
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  • As far a cross-trainers are concerned, there are four models available, all characterized by decisive and showy styling accented by a richly-detailed vamp.
  • The sandal has the extra details of a butterfly at the vamp and a more wrapped strap around the ankle.
  • The pump was the basic shoe, but its toes might be cut, the vamps curved or cut in enticing Vs, or the heels molded into a variety of shapes.
2(In jazz and popular music) a short, simple introductory passage, usually repeated several times until otherwise instructed.
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  • Her section of the tune ends quickly, leading to an instrumental vamp with layers and layers of woodwinds and some nice acoustic guitar.
  • Instead of returning to the original melody, they play a countermelody against the vamp.
  • After a short, nearly atonal string interlude, the rhythm section breaks in with an Arabic-sounding, odd-metered vamp.

verb

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1 [with object] Attach a new upper to (a boot or shoe).
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  • Stitching together the ends of a shoe upper is ordinarily the practice as a preliminary step to vamping the shoe.
1.1 (vamp something up) informal Repair or improve something: the production values have been vamped up
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  • His sister Coleen, a designer in New York, vamped up the interiors.
  • Producers have vamped up the usually dull earlier rounds by giving contestants a band and audience to sing with.
  • Over the past year we have really vamped up the show.
2 [no object] Repeat a short, simple passage of music: the band was vamping gently behind his busy lead guitar
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  • Their performances often consisted of the group vamping on a single groove for two hours at a time.
  • The song doesn't ask much of her range, allowing her to vamp as much as she wants.
  • Like pieces from a musician, her collection of poetry vamps through various repeated patterns and themes truly fulfilling the ‘ostinato’ description in her title.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the foot of a stocking): shortening of Old French avantpie, from avant 'before' + pie 'foot'. The musical sense of the verb developed from the general sense 'improvise'.

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There are 2 definitions of vamp in English:

vamp2

Syllabification: vamp
Pronunciation: /vamp
 
/
informal

noun

A woman who uses sexual attraction to exploit men.
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  • The legend of Mata Hari is, for sure, the most enduring image of the female spy - the vamp who wheedles state secrets out of men by her seductive charms.
  • It's as if she can't make up her mind whether she wants to be a siren, a vamp or a frump.
  • Bollywood was a risqué world with money but little class where the vamps flashed thigh and cleavage and the heroes kept their shirts unbuttoned.

verb

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Blatantly set out to attract: she had not vamped him like some wicked Jezebel
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  • The only problem is that he is constantly drawn to Harlem's Paddy's Bar where he is ceaselessly vamped by the fun-loving Zarita.
  • He gets vamped by every woman from his flirtatious mom to Ophelia.
  • She vamps him by saying, ‘Your royal highness is so cute.’

Origin

early 20th century: abbreviation of vampire.

Derivatives

vampish

adjective
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  • She's presenting herself as vampish and vulnerable, sexually voracious and sexually unsure, all at the same time.
  • ‘Watch this space,’ she grins with wide, vampish lips, and disappears off to her B&B in Milnthope Road.
  • There is something vampish and at the same time understated about her vocal presentation.

vampishly

adverb
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  • Most of the women were vampishly pursuing her husband, but in her restrained blouse, skirt and sandals, she was somehow the sexiest actress on the stage.
  • She is pictured draped over a sofa in a red dress vampishly slashed to the thigh.
  • Osborne, looking vampishly sexy in a tight light-blue gown, debuted four new songs from an album-in-progress.

vampy

adjective
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  • She pulled off a really great show but I would love to see her put on more of a show maybe by being more of a dark vampy temptress.
  • With the vintage costumes, the vampy dance moves, and the occasionally campy songs, the entertainers' underlying message to their customers seems clear: We may have come-hither eyes, but this is all an act.
  • He was notoriously unfaithful, often falling prey to the charms of vampy female villains.

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