umpire

[ uhm-pahyuhr ]
/ ˈʌm paɪər /

noun

a person selected to rule on the plays in a game.
one selected to settle disputes about the application of settled rules or usages; a person agreed on by disputing parties to arbitrate their differences.

verb (used with object), um·pired, um·pir·ing.

to act as umpire in (a game).
to decide or settle (a controversy, dispute, or the like) as umpire; arbitrate.

verb (used without object), um·pired, um·pir·ing.

to act as umpire.

Nearby words

  1. umnak island,
  2. ump,
  3. umph,
  4. umpie,
  5. umpirage,
  6. umpteen,
  7. umpteenth,
  8. umpty,
  9. umpty-umpth,
  10. umt

Origin of umpire

1350–1400; Middle English umpere, variant of noumpere (a noumpere taken as an oumpere; cf. adder1, apron) < Old French nomper, nonper arbiter, i.e., one not equal. See non-, peer1

Related formsun·um·pired, adjective

Can be confusedempire umpire

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British Dictionary definitions for umpire

umpire

/ (ˈʌmpaɪə) /

noun

an official who rules on the playing of a game, as in cricket or baseball
a person who rules on or judges disputes between contesting parties

verb

to act as umpire in (a game, dispute, or controversy)
Derived Formsumpireship or umpirage, noun

Word Origin for umpire

C15: by mistaken division from a noumpere, from Old French nomper not one of a pair, from nom-, non- not + per equal, peer 1

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