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See also: AMP and āmp-



  • enPR: ămp, IPA(key): /æmp/
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  • Rhymes: -æmp


amp (countable and uncountable, plural amps)

  1. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampere.
  2. (colloquial, countable) Short for amplifier.[1]
  3. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampoule.
    • 1963, Washington (State). Legislature. Joint Committee on Governmental Cooperation, Report and Recommendations (page 45)
      The physician had included a note which said: "Dear Miss ........, I could not get the name of your friend over the phone so I am sending two prescriptions for Methedrine amps and one prescription for Drinalfa ten cc vials.
  4. (colloquial, countable) Short for amputee.
  5. (colloquial, uncountable) Short for ampicillin.
  6. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampersand.

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amp (third-person singular simple present amps, present participle amping, simple past and past participle amped)

  1. (colloquial, usually with up) To amplify.
    He asked the disk jockey to amp it up.
  2. (colloquial, usually with up) To excite.
    • 2012, Natalie Anderson, First Time Lucky?, page 78:
      In the distance, the music thumped, amping the crowd higher.
    • 2013, Hansi Lo Wang, “Morning Edition”, in National Public Radio:
      And it's raining, a little bit of drizzle, but the crowd is amped up and ready for a big event today.
  3. (colloquial, usually with up) To intensify or increase.
    • 2003, CMJ New Music Monthly, number 115, page 42:
      Amping the Justin Timberlake cameos and revving up Jiggytron 5000, these Peas want to be on Middle America's fickle plate — losing little dread-whippin' imaginativeness in the wizzash.
    • 2014, Andy Paul, Amp Up Your Sales, AMACOM Books
  4. (colloquial, usually with up) To connect to amplifiers.
    • 2015, Kris Needs, Suicide: Dream Baby Dream, A New York City Story:
      and even the Velvet Underground were still only amping up conventional instruments

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  1. ^ “amp” in The Concise Oxford Dictionary, seventh edition, Oxford University Press, 1982.




From Dutch ambt, from Middle Dutch ampt, from Middle High German ambet, ambt (whence modern German Amt), from Old High German ambahti, from Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz, from Gaulish ambaxtos, from Proto-Celtic *ambaxtos.



amp (plural ampte)

  1. An official position, a function, an office, a post.

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Clipping of amputa, which is a univerbation of ang (the) +‎ puta (bitch).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʔamp/, [ˈʔamp]


amp (Baybayin spelling ᜀᜋ᜔ᜉ᜔)

  1. (chiefly Internet slang, usually derogatory, vulgar, offensive) (either of a situation or a person) piece of shit.
  2. (chiefly Internet slang, usually derogatory, vulgar, offensive) (of a person) motherfucker, asshole.
    'Tong lecheng 'to talaga, nakakasira ng umaga amputa!
    Seriously, this motherfucker, what a day-ruining piece of shit!
    bat d nyo pa ipush yng hay1p n mid n yan? kanina pa e nakakat6ngina amp
    (gaming) Why don't y'all push that fucking mid already?!? It could've been earlier. What a pain in the ass, these motherfuckers.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word affects the meaning of the sentence as a whole, so the above examples don't exactly imply the actual nuance. It can range from being comedic (first example) to being seriously harsh and offensive (second example) depending on the delivery. Despite this, it stays vulgar in nature, mostly used in very colloquial contexts only.
  • When spoken verbally, amp is usually said as its original form, amputa or ang puta, but it can be cut off by the speaker and just say am.
  • When using the word on the Internet, amp is definitely more used than its original form, unless you really want to exaggerate the tone of the sentence.