Definition of umpire in English:



  • 1(in some sports) an official who watches a game or match closely to enforce the rules and arbitrate on matters arising from the play.

    • ‘The plate umpire that day was Lance Barksdale, a Class AAA fill-in.’
    • ‘We have all heard of cunning bowlers turning down their own appeals, withdrawing them is the proper term, the better to impress the umpire with their incorruptible honesty and win a decision next time.’
    • ‘After a controversial call that went against their White Sox, Chicago fans were really giving it to umpire Red Ormsby.’
    • ‘As Deane also mentions, Hoy merely assumed that his coach's signals gave later-day umpires the idea.’
    • ‘It's certainly going to hit middle stump, but umpire Alim Dar makes a brilliant spot: Strauss got the tiniest of inside edges before it hit his pads.’
    • ‘The point simply here is that umpires need help when making distance calls.’
    • ‘Most interventions by an umpire detract from the spectacle and hence are unwelcome to players and spectators.’
    • ‘I would have to say that the best moment of any cricket match for me is the very first; the stately procession to the middle of the two umpires.’
    • ‘Trouble flared on the third and final day of the match with Burgess wagging his finger at Lehmann, who was fielding at mid-wicket when James Middlebrook had an appeal for lbw rejected by the umpire.’
    • ‘In between, Lara hit a flurry of boundaries and was involved in a verbal exchange with rival captain Steve Waugh that forced the intervention of umpire David Shepherd.’
    • ‘The rule now gives umpires the authority to call the batter, as well as the runner, out when a runner intentionally interferes for the purpose of breaking up a double play.’
    • ‘But the point here is that such a play does not give umpires the mandate to reverse any call.’
    • ‘The primary purpose of UIS, he says, is to serve as a training tool, giving umpires objective feedback.’
    • ‘The fun-loving backstop once handed the card to umpire Larry Napp who erupted with laughter.’
    • ‘Hoy is often credited as the reason umpires adopted hand signals for safe, out, and strike calls, which would make for a nice little niche in baseball history.’
    • ‘They have started playing a veterans match at Dalnacraig as he speaks, and there is no undue pressure being put on the umpires out in the middle.’
    • ‘If, after the umpires have made allowances for drinks intervals or extraordinary delays, a bowling side has not completed the overs in the designated time then points will be deducted.’
    • ‘His low target and still body give umpires a great look at pitches, which leads to favorable calls for the staff.’
    • ‘Up until this season the umpire closest to any suspicious or contentious incident would review the game tape and lay a charge if warranted.’
    • ‘I waited for what I honestly thought would be a safe sign from the umpire only to be pronounced dead at the scene for the final out of the inning.’
    • ‘But there are areas of the rule book that give umpires the authority to decide on the ‘severest penalty.’’
    • ‘The umpire intervenes in the rally after a Sharapova shot grazes the line, and the Russian takes the replayed point to win the match.’
    • ‘It should have been a classic on a fast, true Adelaide pitch and, but for the intervention of umpire Ross Emerson, it would have been.’
    • ‘You'd like to see the umpires be a bit more interventionist?’
    referee, linesman, referee's assistant, assistant referee, judge, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, moderator, overseer, supervisor
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    1. 1.1A person chosen to arbitrate between contending parties.
      • ‘Further frustration came when an equalising goal was disallowed by a contentious umpire decision.’
      • ‘What the court was concerned about in that case was that the umpire had failed to achieve fairness as between the parties.’
      • ‘The second great purpose of the monarchy is to be available as an impartial umpire above party when the nation is split by a constitutional crisis.’
      • ‘Before things escalated Monday, umpires got in the middle of the scrum.’
      • ‘They never call on parties to negotiate and they don't want the umpire involved.’
      • ‘The workers' mischievous behavior deeply offended the General Motors umpire's middle-class sense of propriety.’
      • ‘Ground truth is, in effect, the sum of the scenario and the moves as privately submitted to controllers and mediated by umpires.’
      • ‘We've run off by refusing to have an international umpire in negotiations.’
      • ‘There are three ways in which disputes are solved: either by the use of force, by an umpire, or by negotiated interaction.’
      • ‘Once the umpire had power to order parties to the negotiating table and broker a fair deal.’
      • ‘In the event the two arbitrators fail to agree on an umpire either party shall have the right to submit the matter to the Canadian Arbitration Association.’
      • ‘The government's model of collective bargaining, without an umpire and with no provision for parties to negotiate in good faith is the worst of all worlds.’
      • ‘His Garrymore colleague, Tom Murphy, who was acting as umpire, took charge, when Jarlath retired at the interval.’


  • 1 Act as an umpire.

    • ‘On the Wednesday they played Italy, whose hockey players have the same emotive feelings about umpiring decisions as their footballing colleagues do about referees.’
    • ‘I think a larger strike zone up and down would make it a better game, but umpires have been umpiring the same way for 20 years.’
    • ‘From a playing point of view, it's always been my belief that you get the standard of umpiring you deserve.’
    • ‘This week we're considering the intersection of technology and sport especially as it affects umpiring decisions.’
    • ‘He was considered so good at the job he was requested to stop playing and concentrate on full-time umpiring some years back.’
    • ‘Showing dissent at umpiring decisions can amount to violation of the conduct code for players.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Act as umpire in (a game or match)
      • ‘He is standing in his 12th Test match and has umpired 62 one-day internationals.’
      • ‘Nigel Iggo, an international umpire from Christchurch who last month umpired both finals at four-nation tournaments in Australia, said umpires had been using the interpretation for some time.’
      • ‘David, a former solicitor, was Welsh junior doubles champion in 1968, captained the tennis team at Nottingham University in 1969 and umpired the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final in 1984.’
      • ‘In the recent interview he said, ‘Playing in a Test Match is a lot easier than umpiring one.’’
      • ‘Linda Barker chose the school's head of girls games to umpire a rounders match.’
      referee, adjudicate, arbitrate, judge, moderate, oversee, supervise
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Late Middle English (originally as noumpere) (denoting an arbitrator): from Old French nonper not equal The n was lost by wrong division of a noumpere; compare with adder.