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Etymology 1

c.1225, "top part of a shoe or stocking"; from Anglo-Norman *vaumpé; from Old French avantpié, from avant (in front) + pié (foot). See pied (foot).

  • The meaning, "repeated, improvised musical figure" is c.1789, from an extension of the shoemaker sense meaning "something cobbled together".

Noun

Singular
vamp

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The top part of a boot or shoe, above the sole and welt and in front of the ankle seam, that covers the instep and toes; an upperdef. 2
  2. Something added to give an old thing a new appearance; a patch.
  3. Something patched up, pieced together, improvised, or refurbished.
  4. (music) A repeated and often improvised accompaniment, usually consisting of one or two measures, particularly a simple chord progression, repeated as necessary to accommodate dialogue or to anticipate the entrance of a soloist.
  5. (by extension) An activity or speech intended to fill time or stall.

Verb

Infinitive
to vamp

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
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Present participle
-

to vamp (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To apply a vamp (shoemaking).
  2. To patch, repair, or refurbish.
  3. (often as vamp up) to put together, improvise, or fabricate.
    We quickly vamped up some talking points for the debate even though we hadn't researched the topic.
  4. (music) To perform a vamp; to perform a repeated, often improvised accompaniment under dialogue or awaiting the readiness of a soloist.
    Keep vamping! Something's wrong with the mic!
    Start the verse when you're ready, hon. The accompanist will just vamp the intro for you.
  5. To stall or delay, as for an audience.
    She went out there to vamp, since the speaker was late arriving.
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Etymology 2

c.1911, short for vampire. Likely from Theda Bara, who created the classic role of the sultry vampire in the Broadway play A Fool There Was and the 1915 film of the same name. First used by G. K. Chesterton. Also popularized in the silent film The Vamp starring Enid Bennett.

Noun

Singular
vamp

Plural
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vamp ({{{1}}})
  1. A flirtatious, seductive woman, often one who uses sexual desire to exploit men.
  2. (rare) A volunteer fire fighter.
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Verb

Infinitive
to vamp

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
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to vamp (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To seduce or exploit someone.

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