Oompa Loompa

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  • IPA(key): /ˈuːmpə ˈluːmpə/


Oompa Loompa (plural Oompa Loompas)

  1. Any of the fictional dwarves who manufacture candy and sarcastically dispense songs of advice in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    • 1999 June, Mike Myers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, New Line Cinema:
      Dr. Evil: Is he giving off too much of a creepy Umpa Lumpa vibe? / What’s wrong, Mini-Me?
    • 2006, Ryan Knighton, Cockeyed, A Memoir, page 152:
      Nobody, not even an Umpa Lumpa, had warned me what would happen to a blind guy who refuses to close his eyes.
    • 2006, Adrian C. Louis, Logorrhea, Northwestern University Press, →ISBN, page 44:
      It could be worse, but I've learned to become invisible to Machiavellian dilettantes, faux radical Satanistas, and bloodsucking Oompa-Loompas of the painfully ordinary variety.
    • 2006, Sherry Argov, Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart, page 89:
      [Referring to the male member] It's not one of the Muppets or an Umpa Lumpa.
    • 2006, Anna Jane Grossman, Flint Wainess, It’s Not Me, It’s You, The Ultimate Breakup Book, page 129:
      Don’t be afraid to write your name in the books and on the pans that were yours before you found yourself sharing a studio apartment that would normally not be big enough for an Oompa-Loompa.
    • 2006, Simon Trewin and Michael Moran, The Encyclopaedia of Guilty Pleasures, John Murray, →ISBN, page unknown:
      Nevertheless, some subtle market forces are at work which pressure the canny shopkeeper into giving up valuable shelf space to the contents of an Oompa Loompa’s cocktail cabinet.
    • 2006, Iman, The Beauty of Color, The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color, page 34:
      For women with skin of color, it's so, so important to get the shade and tone right. lf it's wrong, you can look incredibly ashy, or like an Oompa Loompa.
    • 2007, Meta Smith, Queen of Miami, Hachette Digital, →ISBN, unpaged:
      The men [] have gone way overboard with the spray-on tan. They’re as orange as Oompa Loompas, and they stare at my boobs for a very long time before acknowledging me.
    • 2009, Reverend Jen, Live Nude Elf, The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen, Counterpoint Press, →ISBN, page 172:
      I don't know who decided all porn actors must be the same shade of orange as Oompa Loompas.
  2. A person appearing orange from fake tanning
  3. A dwarf, little person, short person

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