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umpteen

[uhmp-teen]
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adjective Informal.
  1. innumerable; many.
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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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  • Well, about ten minutes afterwards most of us were taken with umpteen fits.

  • Zeligs of umpteen disguises and ever changing, shimmering loyalties.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • We've had umpteen extra drills and parades and kit inspections.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt

  • There's a 'ell of a stunt on—there'll be umpteen slabs for the mortuary.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt

  • And at that it's five o'clock before I'm landed at a little flag station umpteen miles beyond nowhere.

    Torchy

    Sewell Ford


British Dictionary definitions for umpteen

umpteen

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

Word Origin

C20: from umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten
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Word Origin and History for umpteen

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

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