Definition of umpteen in English:

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’
    • ‘You've filled in umpteen blanks and chosen your super favorites and guessed at the answers you didn't know.’
    • ‘An umpteen number of muscular men and women would have performed such a feat.’
    • ‘I must have passed it umpteen times, and never noticed it!’
    • ‘The game also illustrated genuine pace from Parks when making umpteen breaks, before knocking Ronan O'Gara backwards in a tackle.’
    • ‘There have been umpteen reports of the meat-eating deer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I couldn't hear them sing, because this was a sports bar, with umpteen televisions and customer's, all you can do is watch.’
    • ‘He's got the message that you dig him because you've told his buds umpteen times, and they've told him.’
    • ‘I've seen the first one umpteen times and still love it.’
    • ‘According to the housing officer, he has laid out umpteen stalls.’
    • ‘The reason is the presence of umpteen causeways and bridges.’
    • ‘From medicated oil massage to steam therapy, there are umpteen methods of proven treatments to cure different ailments.’
    • ‘Every cliche about Inuit language - 347 words for snow, umpteen more for ice - is both true and beside the point.’
    • ‘It was interesting to see his vulnerable side. I read his novel, The Rum Diary, which he worked on for umpteen years.’
    • ‘I am not at liberty to say what the plans are, and in any case they have to go through umpteen stages yet, but I was quite delighted by the vision being presented.’
    • ‘There are umpteen restaurants mushrooming, but of what quality?’
    • ‘The umpteen four-wheelers and six-wheelers maintained by the institutions cater to the needs of students.’
    • ‘The umpteen assignments he had signed up do not annoy him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I do believe in life sentences with life meaning life, not just ten years inside, with umpteen reductions for good behaviour.’
    numerous, a good deal of, a great deal of, a lot of, a great number of, a large number of, great quantities of, plenty of, countless, innumerable, scores of, crowds of, droves of, an army of, a horde of, a multitude of, a multiplicity of, multitudinous, numberless, multiple, untold
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

umpteen

/ʌm(p)ˈtiːn//ˈʌm(p)tiːn/