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vamp1 / vamp/ • n. 1. the upper front part of a boot or shoe. 2. (in jazz and popular music) a short, simple introductory passage, usually repeated several times until otherwise instructed. • v. 1. [tr.] attach a new upper to (a boot or shoe). ∎  (vamp something up) inf. repair or improve something: the production values have been vamped up. 2. [intr.] repeat a short, simple passage of music: the band was vamping gently behind his busy lead guitar. vamp2 inf. • n. a woman who uses sexual attraction to exploit men. • v. [tr.] 1. blatantly set out to attract: she had not vamped him like some wicked Jezebel. 2. (in fiction) turn (someone) into a vampire. DERIVATIVES: vamp·ish adj.vamp·ish·ly adv.vamp·y adj.vamp 3 / vamp/ inf. • v. [tr.] (in fiction) turn (someone) into a vampire.

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