Possibly dates backs to the 1950s. It was the title of a piece of music by jazz composer Gil Evans in the 1985 film musical Absolute Beginners based on the 1958 novel by Colin MacInnes. A phrase made famous by French footballer Thierry Henry meaning lively or passionate. Used by him in Renault Clio advertisements and subsequently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- “va-va-voom” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.