Definitions of vamp

  1. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
  2. provide ( a shoe) with a new vamp; " revamp my old boots"
  3. make up; " vamp up an excuse for not attending the meeting"
  4. piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoe
  5. an improvised musical accompaniment
  6. act seductively with ( someone)
  7. piece ( something old) with a new part; " vamp up an old speech"
  8. To advance; to travel.
  9. The part of a boot or shoe above the sole and welt, and in front of the ankle seam; an upper.
  10. Any piece added to an old thing to give it a new appearance. See Vamp, v. t.
  11. To provide, as a shoe, with new upper leather; hence, to piece, as any old thing, with a new part; to repair; to patch; - often followed by up.
  12. The leather of a boot or shoe next above the sole and in front of the ankle seam; an upper; a piece added to something old to give it a new appearance.
  13. To furnish with an upper leather; to patch with new material; often with up; in music, to make up or improvise; as, to vamp an accompaniment or part.
  14. Vamper.
  15. The upper leather of a boot or shoe.
  16. To repair with a new camp: to patch old with new: give a new face to ( with up).
  17. To put a new vamp on; repair.
  18. Upper leather of a shoe.
  19. To provide with a vamp; hence, to furbish up; modernize; repair.
  20. The upper front part of a boot or shoe.
  21. The upper leather of a boot or shoe; a patch on an old thing to make it look new.
  22. To piece an old thing with a new part; to repair with a vamp; to patch.
  23. The upper leather of a shoe; to vamp up, to put a new upper leather on; to furbish up.

Usage examples for vamp

  1. I had been obliged on account of my swollen feet and limbs to cut off the legs of my cavalry boots, and split down the vamp nearly to the toe, to make them more roomy and comfortable, for my stockingless feet. – In and Out of Rebel Prisons by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  2. Start ahead, and I'll vamp an accompaniment. – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  3. Empty bellies be bad to vamp on. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  4. I could vamp a bass if I knew the tune. – Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  5. Well, it only goes to show that while the vamp stuff is getting a trifle old- fashioned it still pays dividends- if only you pick the right customer. – J. Poindexter, Colored by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  6. White- nosed, low- chested girls in short- vamp shoes and no- carat gold vanity- cases. – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  7. " They are considerable knowin' in this kind o' ware too, are the English; they vamp 'em up so well, it's hard to tell their age, and I ain't sure they don't make 'em live longer, than where the art ain't so well practised. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  8. If she was a vamp like that Bascom woman she wouldn't get me one little bit. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  9. Trying to vamp her into letting us off easy? – The Copper-Clad World by Harl Vincent
  10. Oh, yes, if you like a vamp – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  11. Meanwhile, Paris was attempting to vamp up some interest in her new King, who walked the streets with an umbrella under his arm. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  12. " Your verbose verdicts will never make the vamp or fill the vacuum," says the more practical M. P. " Bring me the vade- mecum this instant, you vacillating vagabonds." – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  13. This is the best our Shakespeare can vamp up for the birthday of the Man with whom he of all men had the most in common. – A Christmas Garland by Max Beerbohm
  14. George McIntyre, the boy adolescent, goes through the customary symptoms of his age- begging his parents for a car- and falling victim of the wiles of Prudence, a successful " vamp in the neighborhood. – Why the Chimes Rang: A Play in One Act by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden
  15. Then there is something more of a difficult and painful nature on the piano; and nearly always, too, there is a large lady wearing a low- vamp gown on a high- arch form, who in flute- like notes renders one of those French ballads that's full of la- las and is supposed to be devilish and naughty because nobody can understand it. – Cobb's Bill-of-Fare by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  16. Now, Enid, reproved Manton, in fatherly tones, you'll have plenty of time to vamp your publicity later. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  17. She was gazing at me in a divinely pitying sort of way, much as if I had been a snail she had happened accidentally to bring her short French vamp down on, and I longed to tell her that it was all right, and that Bertram, so far from being the victim of despair, had never felt fizzier in his life. – Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  18. The flow of water was in my ears, and in my eyes a hazy spreading, and upon my brain a closure, as a cobbler sews a vamp up. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  19. You know what she said about calling Ina a vamp – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry