vamper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vamper a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vamper One who vamps; one who pieces an old thing with something new; a cobbler.
    • Vamper Same as 2nd vamp n.
    • v. i Vamper To swagger; to make an ostentatious show.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vamper One who vamps; a cobbler; one who pieces an old thing with something new.
    • n vamper One who improvises musical accompaniments. [Colloq.]
    • vamper To make an ostentatious appearance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vamper one who vamps or cobbles up anything old to pass for new
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Vaunt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Fr. avant-pied, the forepart of the foot—avant, before, pied—L. pes, pedis, foot.

Usage

In literature:

They look like the work of a villanous vamper.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 9, 1887." by Various
Mikey, looking up, thought that for once 'Miss Vamper' was in the tantrums.
"Old Kensington" by Miss Thackeray
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