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[uhmp-teen] /ˈʌmpˈtin/
adjective, Informal.
innumerable; many.
Also, umpsteen
[uhmp-steen] /ˈʌmpˈstin/ (Show IPA),
Origin of umpteen
1915-20; ump(ty), fanciful designation for an indeterminate number (with -ty as in twenty, etc.) + -teen Unabridged
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Examples from the web for umpteen
  • The bill has been written and rewritten umpteen times to meet each party's objections.
  • Before taking it, he had given umpteen speeches about his aims and philosophy.
  • Old houses carry their history in rotting beams, sinking floors and umpteen layers of wallpaper.
  • He rescued the firm by energetically devising umpteen new ways to profit from its iconic cartoon characters.
  • Meanwhile, umpteen aid agencies have joined the cause.
  • Those are units that now exist, that this committee has built in the last umpteen years.
British Dictionary definitions for umpteen


  1. very many: umpteen things to do
  2. (as pronoun): umpteen of them came
Derived Forms
umpteenth, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for umpteen



Very fast: a down-sized, hitech, ultraswoopy model next year (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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