umpteen

[uhmp-teen]
adjective Informal.
innumerable; many.
Also, umpsteen [uhmp-steen] , umteen.


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

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umpteen (ˌʌmpˈtiːn)
 
determiner
informal
 a.  very many: umpteen things to do
 b.  (as pronoun): umpteen of them came
 
[C20: from umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten]
 
ump'teenth
 
n, —adj

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umpteen definition

[ˈəmptin]
  1. mod.
    many; innumerable. : There are umpteen ways to do this right. Can you manage to do one of them?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
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.
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