I. noun Etymology: Middle English vampe part of a hose leg or shoe covering the forefoot, vamp, from Anglo-French, alteration of avanpié, from avant- fore- + pié foot, from Latin ped-, pes — more at vanguard, foot Date: 14th century 1. the part of a shoe upper or boot upper covering especially the forepart of the foot and sometimes also extending forward over the toe or backward to the back seam of the upper 2. [vamp (I)] a short introductory musical passage often repeated several times (as in vaudeville) before a solo or between verses II. verb Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. a. to provide (a shoe) with a new vamp b. to piece (something old) with a new part ; patch <
vamp up old sermons
2. invent, fabricate <
vamp up an excuse
intransitive verb 1. to play a musical vamp 2. improvise, extemporizevamper noun III. noun Etymology: short for vampire Date: circa 1911 a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men • vampish adjective IV. verb Date: circa 1915 transitive verb to practice seductive wiles on intransitive verb to act like a vamp <
vamping for the camera

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