umpteen

[uhmp-teen]

adjective Informal.

innumerable; many.

Nearby words

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

Also ump·steen [uhmp-steen] /ˈʌmpˈstin/, um·teen.

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

determiner

informal
  1. very manyumpteen things to do
  2. (as pronoun)umpteen of them came
Derived Formsumpteenth, noun, adjective

Word Origin for umpteen

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

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Word Origin and History for umpteen

umpteen

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

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