Definition of umpteen in English:

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umpteen

Pronunciation: /ʌm(p)ˈtiːn/
/ˈʌm(p)tiːn/

cardinal number

informal
Indefinitely many; a lot of: you need umpteen pieces of identification to cash a cheque umpteen of them arrived at once
More example sentences
  • It ought to be obvious that if Westbury is to have any traffic relief, it has to be by other than an umpteen million pound environmentally-damaging bypass.
  • But I do believe in life sentences with life meaning life, not just ten years inside, with umpteen reductions for good behaviour.
  • There was so much more that could have been done in the hour that wasn't, and so much fillery stuff in there as well, such as umpteen shots of the kids walking around the streets.

Derivatives

umpty

Pronunciation: /ˈʌmpti/
adjective

Origin

Early 20th century: humorous formation based on -teen.

More
  • Signals regiments in the army once used umpty to indicate the dash in Morse code (the dot was iddy). One slang dictionary states that this began in India, as a way of teaching the Morse system to Indian troops. The military term may be behind the use of umpty for an indefinite large number, recorded from the late 19th century and developing into umpteen, on the model of thirteen or fourteen, in the early 1900s.

Words that rhyme with umpteen

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