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[uhmp-teen] /ˈʌmpˈtin/
adjective, Informal.
innumerable; many.
Also, umpsteen
[uhmp-steen] /ˈʌmpˈstin/ (Show IPA),
Origin of umpteen
1915-20; ump(ty), fanciful designation for an indeterminate number (with -ty as in twenty, etc.) + -teen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Well, about ten minutes afterwards most of us were taken with umpteen fits.

  • Zeligs of umpteen disguises and ever changing, shimmering loyalties.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • We've had umpteen extra drills and parades and kit inspections.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
  • There's a 'ell of a stunt on—there'll be umpteen slabs for the mortuary.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
  • And at that it's five o'clock before I'm landed at a little flag station umpteen miles beyond nowhere.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I've made my fortune three times over, and I've got umpteen thousands more than I need for myself or Mothereen.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for umpteen


  1. very many: umpteen things to do
  2. (as pronoun): umpteen of them came
Derived Forms
umpteenth, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for umpteen

1917, World War I army slang, from umpty + teen. Related: Umpteenth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for umpteen



Of any large unspecified number: exhausted all the encomia in your vocabulary on umpteen reviews

[fr WWI; said to have been first used by British military signalers during World War I to disguise the number designations of units]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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