Definition of umpteen in US English:


cardinal number

  • Indefinitely many; a lot of.

    ‘you need umpteen pieces of identification to cash a check’
    • ‘From medicated oil massage to steam therapy, there are umpteen methods of proven treatments to cure different ailments.’
    • ‘The umpteen assignments he had signed up do not annoy him.’
    • ‘Every cliche about Inuit language - 347 words for snow, umpteen more for ice - is both true and beside the point.’
    • ‘The umpteen four-wheelers and six-wheelers maintained by the institutions cater to the needs of students.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reason is the presence of umpteen causeways and bridges.’
    • ‘I've seen the first one umpteen times and still love it.’
    • ‘But I do believe in life sentences with life meaning life, not just ten years inside, with umpteen reductions for good behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The game also illustrated genuine pace from Parks when making umpteen breaks, before knocking Ronan O'Gara backwards in a tackle.’
    • ‘I must have passed it umpteen times, and never noticed it!’
    • ‘You've filled in umpteen blanks and chosen your super favorites and guessed at the answers you didn't know.’
    • ‘I couldn't hear them sing, because this was a sports bar, with umpteen televisions and customer's, all you can do is watch.’
    • ‘An umpteen number of muscular men and women would have performed such a feat.’
    • ‘There have been umpteen reports of the meat-eating deer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the housing officer, he has laid out umpteen stalls.’
    • ‘There are umpteen restaurants mushrooming, but of what quality?’
    • ‘He's got the message that you dig him because you've told his buds umpteen times, and they've told him.’
    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
    countless, numerous, innumerable, very many, ever so many, untold
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Early 20th century: humorous formation based on -teen.