- innumerable; many.
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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Related Wordsconsiderable, countless, infinite, innumerable, many, numerous, millions, umteen, zillion
Examples from the Web for umpteen
Fifty states, umpteen localities, all of them with different rules not only about the rate of tax, but which items are exempt.Congress Is Considering a Bill to Make Internet Firms Collect Sales Tax. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t Pass It.
April 24, 2013
I got home at 1:30 AM and there were umpteen frantic messages from my friends.They Murdered My Friend
November 17, 2008
Well, about ten minutes afterwards most of us were taken with umpteen fits.The Princess of the School
Zeligs of umpteen disguises and ever changing, shimmering loyalties.After the Rain
We've had umpteen extra drills and parades and kit inspections.
There's a 'ell of a stunt on—there'll be umpteen slabs for the mortuary.
And at that it's five o'clock before I'm landed at a little flag station umpteen miles beyond nowhere.Torchy
- very manyumpteen things to do
- (as pronoun)umpteen of them came
C20: from umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten
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Word Origin and History for umpteen
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