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umpteen

[ uhmp-teen ]
/ ˈʌmpˈtin /
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adjective Informal.
innumerable; many.
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Also ump·steen [uhmp-steen], /ˈʌmpˈstin/, umteen .

Origin of umpteen

1915–20; ump(ty), fanciful designation for an indeterminate number (with -ty as in twenty, etc.) + -teen

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British Dictionary definitions for umpteen

umpteen
/ (ˌʌmpˈtiːn) /

determiner
informal
  1. very manyumpteen things to do
  2. (as pronoun)umpteen of them came

Derived forms of umpteen

umpteenth, noun, adjective

Word Origin for umpteen

C20: from umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten
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