verb (used with object), um·pired, um·pir·ing.
verb (used without object), um·pired, um·pir·ing.
Origin of umpire
Examples from the Web for umpire
Clark, the first Jewish American League umpire, adjudicated baseball for three decades.Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books|Robert Birnbaum|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the third pitch the umpire told him to take first base.
Jahn confirms it: “He does slam down the bat, and he gives the umpire a dirty look.”The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig|Adam Doster|May 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Swearing at an umpire because of fan interference is a quick way not to become a tennis favorite.
As he sat in his chair he jawed at the umpire and shook his head no, complaining, “Are there any rules here?”
Sometimes an umpire who has been good will go into a long slump when he cannot call things right and knows it.Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
The umpire takes his place, the word is given, and immediately there follow five rapid clashes of the long straight swords.Three Men on the Bummel|Jerome K. Jerome
Love days (Dies amoris) were days fixed for settling differences by umpire, without having recourse to law or to violence.The Vision and Creed of Piers Ploughman, Volume II of II|William Langland
And if one were taking the Umpire into the mouth of the Thames, now?Macleod of Dare|William Black
Again the ball went sailing in, but this time Joes luck played him a shabby trick, or perhaps the umpire was not watching closely.Baseball Joe in the Central League|Lester Chadwick
Word Origin for umpire
c.1400, noumper, from Old French nonper "odd number, not even," in reference to a third person to arbitrate between two, from non "not" + per "equal," from Latin par. Initial -n- lost by mid-15c. due to faulty separation of a noumpere, heard as an oumpere. Originally legal, the gaming sense first recorded 1714 (in wrestling).
c.1600, from umpire (n.). Related: Umpired; umpiring.