oom-pah

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See also: oompah

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

onomatopoeia of the sound and rhythm of German folk music.

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Noun[edit]

oom-pah (uncountable)

  1. (music) A genre of Germanic music (especially Bavarian music) typically involving brass instruments.
  2. (music) A bass line characteristic of such music, a bass that alternates lower and higher notes or chords on the beat, or that alternates in a mid-high-low-high sequence.

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