[oo mf] /ʊmf/

noun, Informal.
energy; vitality; enthusiasm.
sex appeal.
noun (informal)
enthusiasm, vigour, or energy
sex appeal

“sexual attractiveness,” 1937, suggestive visceral physical sound. Ann Sheridan (1915–1967) was the original Hollywood oomph girl (1939).


[1937+; an echoic coinage suggesting the gasp of someone hit hard by a blow, a transport of desire, etc]


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