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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.
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Usage examples for vamp

  1. 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
  2. If she was a vamp like that Bascom woman she wouldn't get me one little bit. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  3. 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
  4. " 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
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